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Yuyi Morales
Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, Yuyi Morales fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Since having immigrated to the USA in 1994, she has drawn from her family's legacy and her heritage to create... show more

Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, Yuyi Morales fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Since having immigrated to the USA in 1994, she has drawn from her family's legacy and her heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works for children's books.Yuyi is the 2004 winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration for her book Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book as well as the 2008 winner for Los Gatos Black on Halloween (written by Marissa Montes), given to a Latino illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. .Her book Harvesting Hope; The story of Cesar Chavez (written by Kathell Krull), was the recipient of the Christopher Award and the Jane Adams Award, and was deemed one of the best books of 2003 by Child Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and School Library Journal. Yuyi is also the creator of ALA notable book, Little Night, co-released in Spanish as Nochecita, and winner of the 2008 SCBWI Golden Kite Medal.Some of other recognitions her work has received include the Americas Award, the California book Award, and the Tomas Rivera Award won in 2004 and 2008.Asked about her work Yuyi says, "I strive to capture the incredible beauty of the every day forms using textures and colors as another way to reveal the heart of the story. I also pursue glow and luminosity with resolve. If I could ask for a talent, it would be to become a color genius."
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LondaLocs
LondaLocs rated it 5 years ago
Things I liked: *The artwork was beautiful. I love the game Little night and her Momma were playing, and how she was getting ready for her 'day' as the world went to sleep Just OK *Although I thought the artwork was beautiful. It was too dark for a bedtime story. I never would have thought about it,...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it 5 years ago
Exceptional in every way.
debnance
debnance rated it 7 years ago
Suhaila travels with her Grandma Annie up a ladder to the moon. Grandma watches for troubles on the earth and brings the troubled to live with her in the peace of the moon.Big, warm pictures and tender words make this a refreshingly kind tale.“When the sisters were refreshed, they spoke to Annie and...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it 7 years ago
I had not known that this was written by Obama’s half sister until after I read it. It is a tale very reminiscent to Tomie dePaola’s books. Mixed with folk lore and longing for her child to have know her grandmother. The images are fairy tale like and beautiful. I enjoyed taking in the tale of grand...
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it 9 years ago
A very sweet nighttime book to share with children at bedtime. The illustrations, in particular, are delightful - calm, soothing and unique.
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