Elena's Serenade

Who ever heard of a girl glassblower In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long piped make bottles appear, like magic But girls can t be glassblowers Or can they Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey home of the great glassblowers in an enchanting story filledWho ever heard of a girl glassblower In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long piped make bottles appear, like magic But girls can t be glassblowers Or can they Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey home of the great glassblowers in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.
Elena s Serenade Who ever heard of a girl glassblower In Mexico where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long piped make bottles appear like magi

  • Title: Elena's Serenade
  • Author: Campbell Geeslin Ana Juan
  • ISBN: 9780689849084
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Elena's Serenade”

    1. Elena is a little girl who lives in Mexico and aspires to be a glassblower. However, her dreams are shot down once her father says that she is too little for the job; plus, she's a girl and no one's ever heard of a girl glassblower. She disguises herself as a male and travels to Monterrey where many talented glassblowers reside. With her pipe and natural abilities, she befriends animals along the way and gains some more confidence. After proving herself to people of Monterrey by making stars, [...]

    2. The first thing I loved about this book was the cover. I appreciated the fact that the little girl drawn was of darker Latino heritage. This is a book I can share with my baby cousin who is of Black and Latino heritage where she can see a little girl that looks like her. The next amazing thing about this book was its illustrations which were very colorful and rich using many deep reds, oranges, and blues. This book is about a little girl that wants to be a glass blower like her father. She tells [...]

    3. I loved this book! The story is really beautiful and shows students that they can do whatever they want as long as they are committed. I would use this book to show my students how to incorporate their native language into their own writing.

    4. I found the book very interesting and appealing for students. The book is a fantasy that has talking animals but also has a common theme and meaning behind Elena’s fictional tale. The story is about a young girl, Elena, wanting to become a glassblower. However, her father tells her that only men can be glassblowers, so Elena travels to a city where there are great glassblowers in hopes to learn to become a great glassblower herself. She takes the journey and encounters problems on the way and [...]

    5. -main character is told that she cannot be a glass blower because she is a girl. She proves everyone wrong!-diverse characters (from Mexico) What gender is marginalized? What do the characters believe about boys and girls? How would this story be different if Elena was a boy?

    6. I like how this book has diverse characters and shows that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it whether you are male or female.

    7. Harriet and I are falling into a new routine where once or twice a week we stop by the library on the way home from her preschool. I pick up my hold books, she plays on the computer for a little bit and then she goes to the shelves and picks three or four picture books to bring home. Her methodology seems to involve picking a specific shelf and then pulling books off at random until she finds covers that tickle her fancy.One a recent trip to the library Harriet picked the G section of the shelve [...]

    8. This is my first multi-cultural book review:The story is about a little girl named Elena that wants to become a glassblower like her father. He refuses because she's a girl, too little, and could get burned. So, Elena decides to dress up like a boy and visit the next town where great glassblowers reside. Along the way, Elena blows on a pipe and makes beautiful music. Animals decide to help her get to the town faster because of the sounds that come out of the pipe. When she finally gets to the to [...]

    9. Main Characters: ElenaSetting: Various places in MexicoPOV: 3rd personGrade Level: Early Elementary (K-4)Summary:This children’s book is set in Mexico. Elena is a young girl who grows up watching her papa work. Her papa is a glassblower who makes bottles. She dreams that she will one day grow up to follow in her papa’s footsteps and become a glassblower when she grows up. Unfortunately, her papa criticizes this dream because is female and small. Elena is very upset and ends up leaving her ho [...]

    10. This book is fun, quirky, and absolutely beautiful. Elena is the daughter of a glassblower in Mexico. She wants to learn to blow glass like her father, but he tells her she is too little and besides, "who ever heard of a girl glassblower?" Elena did not like that response at all. She dresses up as a boy and runs away to Monterey where she learns to blow glass. Along the way, she uses her glass blowing pipe to play beautiful music that makes her some unusual friends. Her music still comes out whe [...]

    11. In Elena's Serenade, a young Hispanic girl wants to become a glassblower, but is told by her father that she cannot because she is a girl. Elena decides to disguise herself as a boy and travel to Monterrey in order to achieve her dream. On the way, she learns how to play music on her glassblowing pipe which helps nearby animals, who help or encourage her talent. After becoming a successful Glassblower, Elena returns to her father who she misses, who is now able to accept her and her talent. Elen [...]

    12. The first thing that caught my eye in this book was the style of the illustrations which convey a sense of modern folk-art. After reading this story, I would say that it is definitely a story I would incorporate into my classroom, because not only does it show an important lesson, it is also well written and includes great illustrations. The illustrator uses great color combinations that draw the eye and effectively keep the reader’s attention on the main character and her changing emotions th [...]

    13. Elena's Serenade is a great book. It's not necessarily my favorite that I've ever read, but there are many elements in this book that could make awesome teaching points. In this book, Elena, a young girl living in Mexico wants nothing more than to be a glassblower, but unfortunately, her Dad is not supportive of her dream. He thinks that glassblowing is strictly for boys. Elena refuses to give up her dream so disguises herself as a boy and sets off to the city of Monterrey, which is notorious fo [...]

    14. Elena is a young girl who lives in Mexico. She wants to become a glassblower like her Father, but is told that girls can't be glassblowers. She decides that she is going to impersonate a boy, and travel to Monterrey to conquer her dreams. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the beautifully illustrated cover. Although I thought it was a little stereotypical that Elena is wearing all pink.The story empowers young girls by showing that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. [...]

    15. Who ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long piped make bottles appear, like magic. But girls can't be glassblowers. Or can they? Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey — home of the great glassblowers! — in an enchanting story filled wiWho ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl cal [...]

    16. Elena is determined to become a glass blower even after papa says no. Along the way she plays music, helps friends, and discovers she can do amazing things.This story contains beautiful illustrations that would be perfect to use when discussing color and shape. This story can be used in the classroom when discussing perseverance, breaking stereotypes, the role of women, use of disguise, and the power of music.Being set in Mexico, this is a great story for your multicultural shelves because it is [...]

    17. This is a charming story about a little Mexican girl, Elena, who wants to be a glass blower like her father. She faces many obstacles in achieving her dream, including being a too young and a girl. While this story takes on many elements of fantasy, it shows that with determination one can achieve their dreams. Both the descriptive words and colorful pictures create a engaging tale that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. This story includes many Spanish phrases and words. The character [...]

    18. Elena is bound and determined to learn how to blow glass like her father. Her father thinks she is to young and besides a girl doesn't blow glass. Elena sets out on an adventure to go to Monterey because they blow the finest glass there. She dress up and pretends to be a boy. She makes the most beautiful glass. While she is making the glass she is also singing and such beautiful pieces come out like stars or butterflies. On her way to Monterey she befriends animals and teaches them things. When [...]

    19. This book initially captured my interest when it was on display in the Chihuly Resource Room at Franklin Park Conservatory. I only had a chance to flip through the pages at the time, but what I saw was enough for me to purchase the book. Having just read it, I have to say it lived up to my expectations. The charming illustrations and rich, almost lulling, text made me feel as though I had been transported to Mexico and was traveling alongside the narrator in her adventure. The ethnic feel of bot [...]

    20. Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin has bright colorful illustrations. I found it fun that in the very front it has a spanish-english glossary this could easily be used for an introduction to the English language and well as the Spanish language for young children. Elana wants to be a glass blower like her father but her father tells her girls can't do it, so she set off on an adventure with an old pipe of her fathers. With determination in her heart she proves that a person can do anything the [...]

    21. 3.75 starsGirls can do anything boys can dod sometimes better!! Elena wants to be a glass blower but her dad says she is too little, it is too dangerous and she is a girl.So she runs away to Monterrey where she can be an amazing glass blower. She does come home to show her dad her talents he is happy to see her and they blow glass together.If this story was true, I would probably give it a 4.5 stars but as of now it is a 3.75 stars. Pictures aren't my test but good enough!

    22. A story of a little Mexican girl who wants to be a glassblower like her papa, only he says girls aren't glassblowers. She heads off to Monterrey to learn from the glassblowers there. On the way she learns how to use her blowpipe as a musical pipes and serenades many animals to their benefit. Using her serenading technique, when she blows glass she creates beautiful sculptures and animals that impress everyone. Finally she goes home and even impresses her father with her skills.Beautiful illustra [...]

    23. My objection to this book has to do with the fact that my daughter is born into a new generation. While she will certainly face discrimination and challenges because of being a girl, I am not going to read her books that plant the seed in her head that she has to overcome being a girl. Even though the message is that you can do anything "despite" being a girl, I am not interested in even introducing that concept. Maybe if I saw that she was running into that in the world on her on then we could [...]

    24. Text: 5 StarsIllustrations: 4.5 StarsElena wants to become a glassblower, but her father says girls can't become one. So Elena disguises herself as a boy and goes on a journey to prove her father wrong.A creative and empowering story about a little girl going against the odds, achieving her goals, and discovering herself. It incorporates simple facts about Mexican culture without interrupting the flow of the story. Ana Juan's illustrations are amazing as always. They are beautiful and adorable a [...]

    25. This book is set in Mexico about a headstrong young girl whose father tells her girls cannot be glassblowers, which is his work. She disguises herself and goes to Monterrey to disobey her father and learn glassblowing. Along the way she makes animal friends and teaches herself to play music with her glassblowing pipe. She amazes the glassblowers of Monterrey with her unusual and beautiful skill and then returns home to surprise her father with all she has accomplished.

    26. This was a quieter book, and some of the artwork was a little disconcerting for my five-year-old, because she thought the expressions indicated anger. But overall the story was very interesting and it held her attention. Learning about glassblowing, told in a way she could easily understand it, proved to be a fun journey for her, and me. We especially enjoyed Elena's disguise, and the amazing creations she produced with the glass.

    27. A 2004 Americas Commended Title.Elena is a little girl in Mexico who dreams of becoming a glassblower, just like her papa. She is determined the ways of the craft despite the fact that she 'is too little' and a girl. The illustrations capture your attention through the various colors and the size. A great story about determination and girl power. Recommended for any grade as a read aloud, etc.

    28. This is a wonderful book for a read aloud about a girl who wants to become a glassblower. It tells the story of the journey she takes to become one. The illustrations are beautiful. This book is a good book to use to discuss bravery, determination, and individuality. It is a book that can be paired with the movie Mulan and the book The Empty Pot.

    29. I really loved this book. The story is really fun to read and the illustrations are fantastic! I loved the main character and found her to be very endearing to read about. I think it is a great story to discuss sexism and gender equality. I would definitely read this with my students as I think they would enjoy the story and easily be able to understand the plight that Elena faces.

    30. If the kiddo in your life likes magic of any kind, this one's a win. Elena's father scoffs at her desire to follow in his glassblowing footsteps, because she's a girl. She's not willing to take no for an answer. Her journey to Monterrey to learn the art is filled with enchantment, and her eventual triumph has us saying "See? Told ya so!" In a nice way, of course.

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