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Count along in English and Spanish with a Mexican folk artist as she sculpts her world from clay. Inspired by Josefina Aguilar, an artist who continues to create painted clay figures in the village of Ocotlan, Mexico, this colorful tale is profound in its beauty and simplicity.

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"Winter's Josefina sculpts the figurines in groups ("windows and doors in three clay houses, to let the sun shine in"; "six babies for six mamas to hold," etc.), and the action builds toward a grand finale, with Josefina displaying her day's work as a deft count-down brings the story full circle... As a writer, Winter has a finely tuned sense of control: as an artist, her style is unmistakable -- earthy, stylized, and color-saturated, a study in daring but harmonious color combinations (pairings such as the deep plum costumes of a mariachi band set against a melon sunset fairly leap off the pages). Winter is a true original, and her latest work gives further proof of her talent." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Jeanette Winter
ISBN 0152010912
Publication Date Oct 1, 1996
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books
Language English