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Featuring 25 drawings in charcoal, conte crayons, and pastels, this handbook pairs portraits of people who live and work along the U.S.–Mexico border with bilingual poems that have been inspired by each of the drawings. A testimony to the people of the Rio Grande Valley, these drawings and poems capture their spirit, their quest for happiness, and their struggles to overcome economic hardship. This remarkable book highlights characters such as the "young street musician," the "six-year-old street vendor," and the "wise woman with rings." Compassionate and aesthetically compelling, this record raises awareness about social and cultural issues associated with border life, such as education, literacy, and poverty, and fosters cross-cultural understanding.


Con 25 dibujos al carboncillo, al lápiz conté y al pastel, este manual combina los retratos de la gente que vive y trabaja en la frontera entre EEUU y México con los poemas bilingües que han sido inspirados por cada uno de los dibujos. Un testimonio del pueblo del valle Rio Grande, estos dibujos y poemas captan su espíritu, su búsqueda de la felicidad y su lucha para superar la penuria económica. Este libro notable subraya personajes como “el joven músico ambulante,” “la vendedora ambulante de seis años” y “la sabia mujer con anillos.” Compasivo y convincente de manera estética, este libro despierta conciencia acerca de los asuntos sociales y culturales asociados con la vida fronteriza, como la educación, el alfabetismo y la pobreza, y promueve la comprensión intercultural.

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