Con el Sol en los Ojos/With The Sun In My Eyes (Hardcover)

By Jorge Elias Lujan, Morteza Zahedi (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 9781554981588, 20pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2012



In this charming book of short poems in Spanish and English, a young boy and girl describe their world and their day-to-day experiences -- the boy's street is like the trunk of an almond tree and the newborn chicks are like tiny walking suns. The girl loves her dog Oliver, the wind hitting her in the face and laughter "that explodes for no reason." But the children also ponder mysteries such as the loud silence the boy hears inside himself when he goes for a walk alone and the vast beauty of the sky with its clouds and constellations.

Once again Jorge Lujan brings young readers a lyrical and joyful collection of poems. Morteza Zahedi's powerful illustrations in densely saturated colors perfectly complement the poems' subtle explorations.

About the Author

Jorge Elias Lujan is an internationally recognized author and poet who has collaborated with some of the world's best illustrators to create many outstanding books. He has published many picture books with Groundwood, including Doggy Slippers, illustrated by Isol, Colors! Colores! and Sky Blue Accident / Accidente Celeste, illustrated by Piet Grobler, and Rooster / Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy. He is also the author of Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber, a beautiful retelling of the myths made famous by Wagner's Ring Cycle. Jorge has won many awards, including the Premio de Poesia para Ninos de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina). He is also an architect and musician. Morteza Zahedi was born in northern Iran, studied painting at Islamic Azad University and now lives in Tehran, where he creates art and teaches illustration. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in many countries and has illustrated several children's books that have been translated into more than five languages. Good Night, Commander by Ahmad Akbarpour, published by Groundwood, was selected by IBBY as an Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities. Morteza has won many awards, including Japan's Noma Concours Encouragement Prize as well as prizes at the CJ Picture Book Festival in Korea, the Teatrio Exhibition in Italy and the International Biennial of Illustration, Belgrade.

Praise For Con el Sol en los Ojos/With The Sun In My Eyes

A Banco del Libro Best Book for Children and Youth, 2012

"handsomely designed and rich in the sort of observations that will attract readers for whom silence is 'louder than noise.'" Kirkus Reviews

"An internationally acclaimed poet and illustrator partner to create a splendid work of art." — School Library Journal

Praise for Colors! ¡Colores!:
"The imagery in both words and pictures is often richly original . . . A lovely book to share, reflect upon, and linger over.”
Kirkus Reviews