1995 Américas Award


The Mermaid’s Twin Sister by Lynn Joseph (Clarion, 1994)

Tantie, Amber’s great-aunt, passes the traditions and values of their Trinidad culture to the many children in the extended family. She has chosen Amber to be her successor, and it is Amber who faithfully records these stories, giving them the flavor of the Trinidad patois...
The Brown Bookshelf Author Biography

Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Commended Titles

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert and illustrated by Sylvia Long (Chronicle Books, 1994).

Angel’s Kite / La estrella de ángel by Alberto Blanco and illustrated by Rodolfo Morales (Children’s Book Press, 1994).

Beyond the Ancient Cities by Jose Maria Merino and translated by Helen Lane (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994).

Billy by Laura Roybal (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).

The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale retold by Lucia M. Gonzalez and illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1994).

Caribbean Alphabet by Frane Lessac (William Morrow and Co., 1994).

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States edited by Lori Carlson with an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos (Henry Holt and Co., 1994).

A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler (Clarion, 1994).

De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children selected, arranged, and translated by Jose Luis Orozco, with illustrations by Elisa Kleven (Dutton, 1994).

Feliz Nochebuena, Feliz Navidad: Christmas Feasts of the Hispanic Caribbean by Maricel E. Presilla and with pictures by Ismale Espinosa Ferrer (Henry Holt and Co., 1994).

Grandmother’s Nursery Rhymes / Las nanas de abuelita by Nelly Palacio Jaramillo and illustrated by Elivia Savadier (Henry Holt and Co., 1994).

How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth retold by Hal Ober and illustrated by Carol Ober (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).

How Night Came From the Sea:  A Story From Brazil retold by Mary-Joan Gerson and illustrated by Carla Golembe (Little, Brown, and Co., 1994).

The Hummingbird’s Gift by Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes (Hyperion, 1994).

I Have a News: Rhymes from the Caribbean collected by Walter Jekyll, rhymes chosen by Neil Philip, and illustrated by Jacqueline Mair (William Morrow and Co., 1994).

Imagining Isabel by Omar S. Castañeda (Lodestar Books, 1994).

Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico retold by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and illustrated by Ernesto Ramos Nieves (HarperCollins, 1994).

The Legend of the Poinsettia retold by Tomie de Paola (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994).

Lights on the River by Dianne Ward and illustrated by Michael Dooling (Hyperion, 1994).

Not a Copper Penny in Me House: Poems from the Caribbean by Monica Gunning and illustrated by Frane Lessac (Boyds Mill Press, 1993).

My Two Worlds by Ginger Gordon with photographs by Martha Cooper (Clarion, 1993).

Over Here It’s Different: Carolina’s Story by Mildred Leinweber Dawson and photographs by George Ancona (Macmillon Publishing, 1993).

Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora and illustrated by Cecily Lang (Macmillon, 1994).

Platero y yo / Platero and I by Juan Ramón Jimenez; selected, translated, and adapted from the Spanish by Myra Cohn Livingston and Joseph F. Dominguez, with illustrations by Antonio Frasconi (Clarion Books, 1994).

Ransom for a River Dolphin by Sarita Kendal (Lerner Publications Co., 1993).

Rata, Pata, Scata, Fata: A Caribbean Story by Phyllis Gershator and illustrated by Holly Meade (Little, Brown, and Co., 1994).

The Red Comb by Fernando Pico and illustrated by Maria Antonia Ordonez (Bridgewater Books, 1994).

Rio Grande Stories by Carolyn Meyer (Harcourt Brace, 1994).

The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss by Sally Schofer Mathews (Clarion Books, 1993).

Saturday Market by Patricia Grossman and illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez (Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, 1994).

The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote by Tony Johnston and illustrations by Tomie de Paola (G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1994).

Tap-tap by Karen Lynn Williams and illustrated by Catherine Stock (Clarion Books, 1994).

The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico by Emery and Durge Bernhard (Holiday House, 1994).

Tukama Tootles the Flute: A Tale from the Antilles retold by Phillis Gershator with paintings by Synthia Saint James (Orchard Books, 1994).

Voices from the Field: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories by S. Beth Atkin (Little, Brown, and Co., 1993).

Walking Stars: Stories of Magic and Power by Victor Villaseñor (Arte Público Press, 1994).

When the Monkeys Came Back by Kristine L. Franklin and illustrated by Robert Roth (Atheneum, 1994).

Where the Flame Trees Bloom by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Antonio Martorell (Atheneum, 1994).

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