The Ancestors Are Singing (Hardcover)

By Tony Johnston, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374303471, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2003



Lyrical meditations on Mexico

"Moon over Mexico
The moon’s white eye
watches over skyscrapers
and stone temples alike."

The poems in this tribute to the Mexico of the past and present show that history and modernity don’t always meet in an easy alliance. With respect and passion for the lore and legend of its old civilizations, and concern and hope for the Mexico of today, Tony Johnston takes us from Mexico City to Oaxaca to Chiapas, from the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl to a shoeless boy selling newspapers, in this moving collection exuberantly illustrated by Karen Barbour.

About the Author

Tony Johnston is the author of numerous books for children, including A"n Old Shell: Poems of the Galapagos." She lives in San Marino, California.

Karen Barbour has illustrated many books, including "I Have an Olive Tree" by Eve Bunting. She lives in Inverness, California.

Praise For The Ancestors Are Singing

"A heartfelt and loving tribute to Mexico's rich history...Johnston's eloquent, lyrical voice and style are beautifully complemented by the masterful illustrations on every page...graceful and expressive." -- VOYA