Our California

Our California

By Pam Munoz Ryan; Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580891165, 48pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

Description
Re-illustrated and re-designed, OUR CALIFORNIA (previously CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME ) is a lively tour of award-winning author Pam Munoz 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 Lopez capture the spirit of the land.


About the Author
Pam Munoz Ryan grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and now lives with her family near San Diego. She based this story on the experiences of her maternal grandmother whose privileged life in Mexico was altered dramatically when she immigrated to the United States and went to work in a company-owned farm labor camp. She is the author of the acclaimed "Riding Freedom" and "Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride," an ALA Notable Children's Book.

RAFAEL LOPEZ grew up in Mexico City and his art is strongly influenced by the work of Mexican muralists. He has created many large murals for public spaces and was a leader in the creation of the Urban Art Trail Project in downtown San Diego. For his first book, My Name is Celia, Lopez successfully adapted his colorful, exuberant style to the small scale of children's books. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and their young son.