The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico

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We here at OutlooK-12 celebrate diversity and believe that exposure to other cultures is an enriching experience.  Because of this, we are featuring a special “School Library” section this month with selected titles from a list of must-have multicultural books for children and preteens.  Originally compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the full list is available on the National Education Association’s website and can be viewed at http://www.nea.org/grants/50-multicultural-books.html.

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“The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Illustrated by various artist Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN-13: 978-0689820878

Why do rabbits have long ears?  Modern science would, of course, have a fact-based explanation, but in the world of poetry and creative prose, the reason becomes an imaginative tale that is sure to delight young and old alike.  Such is the case with this unique assortment of stories and poems that are presented in both English and Spanish.  Although nature is an inspirational source for quite a few of the works in this collection, the every day such as setting a table also find a special home within these pages.  Complimenting the book’s prose are paintings by artists from Mexico including Julio Galan, Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos and Alberta Blanco.