Happy Tuesday everyone!
In celebration of Julia Burgos centennial birthday, this week’s book is The Poet Upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer, illustrated by Oscar Ortiz.
What happens when you get sick and are stuck in bed? For a little girl named Juliana, it is the beginning of an encounter that transforms her world. Missing her first day of school due to a fever, Juliana watches as a new woman moves into the apartment upstairs. She wonders who it is and discovers the woman is a poet. Through her dreams Juliana slowly imagines places far away and learns with the help of the poet how to use words to help transport her and others to these beautiful landscapes. The illustrations by Oscar Ortiz capture a quality in these scenes, paintings reflecting a dream-like state adding to the already rich descriptive narrative. In “The Poet Upstairs” Judith Ortiz Cofer not only has written a story that shows children the power of words but also helps them use their imagination, all the while highlighting the impact positive role modeling interactions with adults can have on children. While the poet in this story leaves eventually, we the readers as well as Juliana are left with a tapestry of images and words that open the endless possibilities of adventures and landscapes yet to be visited.
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- Galia, School Programs Coordinator