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.
Children enjoy reading tall tales. Colon's unique style of an intriguing combination of watercolor washes, colored litho pencils, and etching give this tale a sense of something that happened a long time ago. In this tale the reader meets Dona Flor, who is a giant. When Flor was young, her mother sang to her. Her mother's songs made the corn stalks grow as tall as trees and they made Flor grow very tall too. Imagine what happens when Flor walks, when she sings. Every day Flor makes corn tortillas for the people in her village. What they do not eat of the giant tortillas they use for other things, such as a roof for their home, a raft for sailing, and much more. Flor wants everyone to feel at home in her house. She tells the people and animals, "Mi casa es su casa." They call her Dona Flor because they respect her. One day, no one comes to get any corn tortillas. When Dona Flor finds out that everyone stayed indoors because they heard a huge lion near their village, she goes to look for the lion. It takes her a few days to find this lion. The reader will be surprised to find out what is making the loud roars. This book is a great addition to a reading curriculum. Teachers can use it to discuss fiction, truth, and exaggeration, as well as to develop reading comprehension techniques. 2005, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 5 to 8.