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Nuestra California
Nuestra California
By author: Pam Muñoz Ryan   Illustrated by: Rafael López
Product Code: 
92278
ISBN: 
978-1-58089-227-8
Binding Information: Paperback 
Ages: 
6  - 9
Grade Highest: 
4th
Grade Lowest: 
1st
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CCalifornia, here we come!

Re-illustrated and re-designed, Our California is a lively tour of award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan's home state. Spirited poems celebrate California's major cities and regions. Backmatter includes state symbols and additional information about each place.

Bold paintings by illustrator Rafael López capture the spirit of the land.





Did you know?

Many historians think the name California comes from a romantic Spanish fiction story called “Las Sergas de Esplandián” (“The Exploits of Esplandián”) by Garcí Ordóñez de Montalvo, published in 1510. The story is about an imaginary,
treasure-filled island called California that was not far from “Terrestrial Paradise” and was ruled by Queen Calafia. When Spanish explorers discovered the Pacific Coast north of Mexico, sometime in the 1530s or 1540s, they called it California after the island in the story.

State animal: Grizzly bear
State bird: Quail
State marine mammal: Gray whale
State insect: Dogface butterfly
State flower: Golden poppy
State tree: Great redwood
State mineral: Gold



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    ISBN: 978-1-58089-226-1
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    Reviews
      SWON Libraries - June 12, 2008
    Nuestra California would be a strong addition to any Spanish text collection. The illustrations and the text would be a welcome to a Spanish-speaking child beginning to understand California.
      Leslie Roberts Clingan, Moye Elementary - March 29, 2010
    What a scrumptious book! The lyrical language of this text is as lush as the colors used in its acrylic on wood grain illustrations. In Nuestra California, Pam Munoz Ryan provides a four-line description of the many and varied regions of her home state, complemented by Rafael Lopez's folksy paintings spanning each region's two-page spread. Canetti's translation is accurate but uses words that may be unfamiliar to lower level readers. At the end of the book, each region is revisited by Ryan for a bit more historical background and a look at the state's seal, flag and flower. While Our California does not provide enough information on which to base a full-blown research project about this state, the book does offer a tantalizing tease that will encourage young readers and researchers to delve deeper into other meatier books about this "terrestrial paradise."