I See the Sun in Mexico
By Dedie King with illustrations by Judith Inglese
For children ages 4 and up
HONORABLE MENTION: 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards
I See the Sun in Mexico, the fifth book in the award-winning I See the Sun in. . . . series, takes place in the city of La Paz, on the Sea of Cortez. Lush illustrations and a bilingual story in English and Spanish offer Luis’s view of his beautiful country. Luis’s father is a cook on an excursion boat. His mother makes the best tortillas in the city. Today Luis will spend the day on the boat, swimming with the tourists on the beautiful sea. The clear blue water is a magical world filled with colorful fish and playful sea lions. In the afternoon, the boat anchors and everyone goes for a hike. The sandy trail, high above the shore, reveals snakes, lizards, cactus flowers and ancient rock drawings.
Like the other books in the I See the Sun in. . . . series, I See the Sun in Mexico was first written in English, then translated into Spanish by native, Julio Ortiz Manzo. It is richly illustrated with collages made from original photographs and colorful drawings. It also includes an overview of the country, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and a map that highlights where Mexico is on the globe.
Honorable Mention 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Awards – Picture Books/Early Reader
“This, the fifth book in the award-winning I See the Sun series, features Luis’ perspective of life in La Paz, Mexico. Vivid landscapes depict the city’s bright and busy streets as well as the crystal waters and colorful creatures in the Sea of Cortez—all sights part of a typical day for Luis and his family as they guide tourists through their city. Illustrator Inglese designed the picturesque vistas with collages made from original photographs and colorful drawings, producing a sense of movement and depth across each page. An overview of the country, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and a world map are also available in English and translated into Spanish. Like the other books in the series, such as I See the Sun in Russia (2012), this picture book would pair nicely with Mirror (2010), by Jeannie Baker, to invite discussions on global perspectives about family and community. The simplicity of Luis’ story beautifully reflects both the unique—and the universal—ways in which one child can see the sun.”