Pura Belpré Award
1998

Medal Winner for Narrative

Martinez, Victor. Parrot in the Oven: mi vida.  YA Martinez, V.
Poetic, moving and harrowing - these vignettes paint a realistic portrait of a Chicano boy's coming of age in Fresno, California. The graphic realism and lyrical imagery highlight not only familial and societal tensions, but also unexpected moments of humor, insight, and tenderness.

 

Medal Winner for Illustration

Snapshots from the Wedding, illustrated by Stephanie Garcia. Text: Gary Soto j E SOT

Maya, the flower girl, is busy snapping pictures at this lively Mexican American wedding. She captures the groom with his arm in a cast due to a softball accident, the bride with gifts of money pinned to her dress, the mariachis with their instruments, and the younger guests playing in their dress-up clothes. Ingenious in her execution, Stephanie Garcia has created a series of three- dimensional tableaux created with sculpy clay and found objects, such as olives, potato chips, and ribbons, placed against a delicate background of pink and white lace.

 

 

Honor Books for Narrative

Alarcón, Francisco Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de  primavera illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez  j 811 ALA
A bilingual collection of humorous and serious poems about family, nature, and celebrations by a renowned Mexican American poet.

 

Martinez, Floyd. Spirits of the High Mesa  YA Martinez, F.
In this moving coming-of-age novel set in rural New Mexico, the young protagonist, Flavio, is torn between the seductiveness of progress and new technology and his loyalty to village traditions so steadfastly preserved by his grandfather, El Grande.

Honor Books for Illustration

Lomas Garza, Carmen. In My Family / En mi familia   j 306.88 GAR
From the author of Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia comes a second book that returns readers once again to the town of Kingsville, Texas, near the border with Mexico. Through ful-color paintings and warm personal stories, Garza brings to life more loving memories of growing up in a traditional Mexican American community.

 

Sánchez, Enrique O. The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico text by Nina Jaffe
Long ago, the island of Puerto Rico was called Boriquen . . . . And so begins this myth from the Taino, one of the indigenous cultures of the West Indies. Exquisitely penned by a gifted storyteller, this unique tale tells how a golden flower brought water to the world. Full color. Baby/Preschool.

 

 

Silva, Simón. Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English text by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta  j E ADA
This book of poems is about working in the fields and nature's bounty, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.