Daybreak, Nightfall by Jorge Elias Lujan

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Day and night, life and death are sometimes seen as opposites of each other. But they can also be understood as falling in a continuum, one containing the other.
In this wonderful pair of poems by noted Argentine/Mexican poet Jorge Elías Luján, both ideas are expressed. An Apple in the Apple Orchard describes a young boy and girl in the early morning playing a sort of hide-and-seek amongst the apple trees. Pale As Bone takes the same children on a carousel ride where a Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone is trying to choose whom to take with her.
Manuel Monroy, a very talented young Mexican illustrator, sets both scenes in a magic garden in which the poems are like a kind of dance between and among the elements that constitute human experience.
The poetry, which is wonderful to read aloud, can be understood at its most literal level and at deeper levels with great pleasure. But no matter how it is read and understood, this evocative, mysterious book will be enjoyed.

About Jorge Elias Lujan

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Jorge Luján is an author, poet, musician, and architect who has a gift for finding the very best illustrators from all over the world and collaborating with them to create exceptional children's books. His very accessible poetry for children can be found in Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes, illustrated by Morteza Zahedi, Doggy Slippers, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, and Rooster/Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy. He has also written an ambitious retelling in verse of the myths in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Luján has garnered many excellent reviews and awards for his work, including the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina). His music for children can be found at and his website at Born in Argentina, he now lives in Mexico City.Chiara Carrer is one of Italy's best-known children's book illustrators. She has been creating children's books for more than twenty years, with more than one hundred titles to her credit. Carrer has won many major awards, including the UNICEF Prize, the Austrian Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the BolognaRagazzi New Horizons (Special Mention) and the Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. She also teaches art and has exhibited her work in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. She lives in Rome.
Published March 1, 2003 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In ""An Apple in the Orchard,"" a boy encounters a girl who ""opens her mouth like a bewildered moon."" Her hand ""slides down/ her face from side to side"" and ""erases her mouth."" In ""Pale-as-Bone"" a sinister-seeming Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone approaches the boy and girl as they ride the me...

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