Dream Carver by Diana Cohn

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Mateo and his father carve juguetes, small wooden animals his family sells at the fiestas in Oaxaca. But Mateo wants to carve much larger animals-goats as pink as bougainvillea with cactus-green speckles, and purple cats with corn-yellow spots. When he tells his father how he longs to bring these large animals to life, his father only scowls, but Mateo perseveres. Including an informative afterword on this vibrant Mexican art form, this colorful tale inspires readers of all ages to follow their passion.

About Diana Cohn

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Diana Cohn is a former school teacher who lives in New York. This is her first book for children. Amy Cordova has illustrated many children's books. She lives in Cleveland, New Mexico.
Published April 1, 2002 by Chronicle Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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The subsistence farmers of the boy's village are known for their juguetes, tiny carvings of wooden animals "so small they could fit in the palm of a hand," carved by men and boys, and painted in fiesta-bright colors by women and girls.

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