Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About A Giant Woman with A Giant Big Heart by Pat Mora, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
Awards: Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator
Publisher:  Dragonfly Books
Published:   October 11th 2005
Paperback, 40 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8 

Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate.
Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora’s story, along with Raúl Colón’s glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small. Award-winning author Pat Mora’s previous book with Raúl Colón, Tomás and the Library Lady, received the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, an IRA Teacher’s Choice Award, a Skipping Stones Award, and was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title and an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature commended title. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dona Flor is a giant lady who lives in a handmade pueblo. She can also speak every single language ever known, including the languages for animals (i.e. rattler). Dona Flor is so large because her mother sung to her as a child out of her love for her. Flor does the same…morI loved this picture book. Not only were the illustrations gorgeous and very unique, the author’s writing style, plot, and tone filled me up with happiness and warmth. This picture book brought a smile to my face.

Dona Flor is a giant lady who lives in a handmade pueblo. She can also speak every single language ever known, including the languages for animals (i.e. rattler). Dona Flor is so large because her mother sung to her as a child out of her love for her. Flor does the same thing now – she sings to her plants and animals out of love for them. She loves to read to the children outside of the library and make sure that all her animals and neighbors are always welcomed inside of her home. One day all of her neighbors and animals are scared after hearing a loud “roarr”. Flor tries to find the huge gato that is making her friends scared. When she finally finds the gato she sees that it is actually a small cat ‘roarring’ into a large hollow tree trunk. Instead of getting angry she is happy and sleeps in the clouds with the cat sleeping on her big toe.

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!! Pat Mora also mixes Spanish words into her sentences, and also makes sure that they words used are explained, either by directly telling you or through the context of the sentence. Her tone is very loving and full of warmth. Dona Flor is characterized by her unyielding love she has for everyone and everything, which is translated into her actions and tenderness and understanding. Not once does she get angry in the book, even after she finds the cat that is scaring her friends; once she sees he is small she laughs out of joy and invites her into her life.  

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