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Book Title: Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia|
The author of the book: Carmen Lomas Garza
Edition: Children's Book Press
Date of issue: March 16th 2005
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.29 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.5
ISBN 13: 9780892392063
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Sandra Lomas Garza depicts scenes from her working-class childhood in Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia She also did this in another similar picture for children (and adults) In My Family/En mi familia.
This year, I am doing an informal study of What Does IT Mean to be Hispanic, my reading thread on Reading fir Fun, a Goodreads group. As I have studied, I have become aware of working-class social elements. In Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia, I see various working-class elements. A couple of examples:
In the first family picture, "The Fair in Reynosa", I see handmade paper cutouts framing a very basic homemade vendor booth--some frame posts that would be easy for someone with basic carpentry skills to make, the sides of the stand created by a tarp slung over the frame and held in place by rope. All 3 of the booths depicted here are all made in a similar way. Homemade. Skillful. Serviceable.
In this same picture, fair workers and visitors practice ways of the Mexican folk--A woman sells food items that she carries on her head and that is covered with a simple cotton cloth while a little girl plays with a doll, possibly corn husk, that is dressed like mestozo women of Mexico.
In this picture, the food vendor is cooking meat and warming torillas on an oil drum converted into a two-level grill. Her husband (likely), like other men in the picture are wearing cowboy hats. One man, the fiddler/fiddle vendor is wearing a straw hat, possibly one he made.
The elements of working class are here. A self-respecting, make-it-yourself community.
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