A Perfect Season for Dreaming by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. il Esau Andrade Valencia. trans Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.
Cinco Puntas Press: El Paso, TX, 2008.

The artwork in this book is imaginative and absolutely gorgeous with very definite Mexican motifs. Sharpness, rich color, and splendid detail. Every page is a delight.

In the story, an old man has fascinating dreams on summer afternoons. I enjoy the fantastic dreams and the sharing of them with the granddaughter. The anticipation builds as the numbers increase and grandfather's need to talk about the dreams grows. The granddaughter is thrilled to hear the stories after the old man picks her to tell.

You've got to love the mariachi coyotes and poetry writing armadillos. Also, the man made up of his dream images and the man dreaming as part of the landscape. The book is a masterpiece of folk art.

Another notable inclusion is the use of English and Spanish. I have not seen many books with both, other than a few Spanish words here or there.

related-dreams, animals, Spanish, languages, bilingual, counting, sharing, storytelling
RL=2nd-3rd, read aloud to toddlers-1st, use for learning Spanish or English

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