Iguanas in the Snow and other Winter Poems
Iguanas in la nieve y otros poemas de invierno

Iguanas in the Snow illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2001 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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Gonzalez’s illustrations are bright and busy, catching the playful cadence of the words.” – School Library Journal

In their final collection of seasonal poetry, poet Francisco X. Alarcón and artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invite us to celebrate winter—by the seashore, in the magic city of San Francisco, and in the ancient redwood forests of the Sierras.

We see a city where people are bridges to each other and children sing poetry in two languages. A family frolic in the snow reminds the poet of the iguanas playing by his grandmother’s house in Mexico. We are dazzled by the promise of seedling redwoods—like all children—destined to be the ancestors of tomorrow.

Artist Maya Christina Gonzalez has once again created a spirited family of children and adults who swing their way through colorful pages. Collages of old maps of Mexico and California provide intriguing backgrounds, and fun-loving iguanas peek out at us from the most surprising places.

Medium: Acrylic


  • Pura Belpré Honor Award
  • Américas Award Commended List


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