The poetry selection of this anthology has been complemented with lively illustrations from four gifted artists.
The anthology includes original poetry by Alma Flor Ada and Francisca Isabel Campoy as well as poems from a number of poets from Latin America and Spain, including such renown poets as Juan Ramón Jiménez, Salvador de Madariaga, and Lope de Vega, from Spain; José Martí, Nicolás Guillén, Mirta Aguirre, and Dora Alonso, from Cuba; Pablo Neruda, from Chile; Javier Sloguren, from Perú; Floria Jiménez, from Costa Rica; Carlos Murciano from Spain, Ernesto Galarza, from México and California; Elsa Isabel Bornemann and José Sebastián Tallón, from Argentina. Among the poets included are: Julia Calzadilla, Marta Giménez Pastor, Elsa Lira Gaiero, Josemilio Gonzalez Díaz, Cesáreo Rosa,
Poetry is one of the best gifts we can give children. A poem a day enhances a child’s life with the sounds of words, with rhyme and rhythm, with the enchantment of images and metaphors, with the invitation to see reality with new eyes.
Our culture is very rich in outstanding poets and excellent poetry. Some poets write primarily for children, but even our most recognized poets have at some time or other written poetry that children can enjoy.
The Cielo abierto Poetry Collection is composed of seven poetry anthologies. These rich anthologies include selections from the folklore along with the work of the best Spanish-speaking poets from the United States, Latin America and Spain. Each of the selections has been carefully chosen to awaken children’s love of poetry and to deepen their appreciation for the musicality and richness of the Spanish language. Original poems by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy are also included.
It is impossible to assign a specific age to poetry, since the same poem can be enjoyed by children of different ages at different moments. Yet, there is a certain progression of language and reading difficulty in the series reflected in the order in which the titles are listed.
Grade levels have been mentioned next to the titles as an orientation, but should not be seen restrictively.
The titles are:
- Gorrión, gorrión [PreK-2] 64 pages
- El verde limón [K-3] 48 pages
- Dulce es la sal [K-3] 48 pages
- La rama azul [2–5] 64 pages
- Nuevo día [2–5] 64 pages
- Huertos de coral [5–8] 128 pages
- Ríos de lava [5–12] 128 pages