Los caminos de la luna

illus. by Alicia Cañas Cortázar. Anaya (Sopa de libros). 1997. pap. $8.20. ISBN 978-84-207-8293-5.
Gr 5–8—While not about a grandparent, this book, which translates as "The Paths of the Moon," is about the relationship between a young girl and her uncle, known as Juan el Viejo. When his niece Maroliña actually wants to be bored, he takes the opportunity to show her the wonder of life, and to prepare her for a time when he will no longer be there. Written in small snippets of poetic prose, this book has been a longtime favorite. Here's how it begins: "Juan el Viejo loved walking along the beach at sunset, when the gulls had not yet gone to sleep. Almost always he was accompanied by his niece, Maroliña, the one who listened best. Juan el Viejo tells stories of what comes to his memory." Each section of the book is introduced by a quote from another book, and, at the end, Farias talks about each quote and its connection with his story, and encourages readers to explore these other books. Sadly, Farias, who won numerous awards in the Spanish literary world for his children's books, died in 2011.Activity Idea: After experiencing any of these books, the best thing would be to take kids to a place where they can interview seniors and capture oral history. Years ago when I worked for the Dallas Public Library, there was a senior center directly behind the branch library and we took kids there to do just this. The interviews were all recorded, then transcribed. This was a satisfying experience for everyone involved.

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