by Juan Felipe Herrera, Elly Simmons (llustrator)

Now available in paperback, poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farmworker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves. “A welcome alternative to the usually bleak portrayal of the migrant farmworker experience, this is an inspirational self-portrait of a loving Latino family.” — Booklist

The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song. 

Calling the Doves/El Canto de Las Palomas

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  • About The Author The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. ISBN-13: 9780892391660 Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc. Publication date: 3/28/2001 Edition description: Bilingual Spanish-English Pages: 32 Age range: 6 - 8 Years Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino -Herrera, Juan Felipe -Childhood and youth -Homes and haunts -California -Children of migrant laborers -Social life and customs -Mexican American families -Agricultural laborers -Authors, American -Migrant labor -Spanish language materials -Mexican Americans