From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems - Del Ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano

From the Bellybutton of the Moon

Written by Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 1998 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“The joyful illustrations add an almost tactile quality to this truly bilingual collection.” – The Horn Book Magazine

From the Bellybutton of the Moon is renowned poet Francisco X. Alarcón’s fresh collection of 22 bilingual poems inspired by his touching recollections of childhood summers in Mexico.

With a poet’s magical vision, Alarcón takes us back to his childhood when he traveled with his family to Mexico to visit his grandma and other relatives. We travel with him in the family station wagon, across the misty mountain range to the little town of Atoyac. There, in the beloved town of his ancestors, we hear his grandma’s stories, sample Auntie Reginalda’s tasty breakfasts, learn about the keys to the universe, and take playful dips in the warm sea.

The lighthearted illustrations of Maya Christina Gonzalez perfectly capture the spirit of summer in Alarcón’s Mexico where “colors are more colorful, tastes are tastier, and even time seems to slow down.”

Medium: Acrylic


  • Pura Belpré Author Honor
  • Américas Award Commended List
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • School Library Journal Starred Review
  • California Readers, Elementary California Collection


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