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The Resource Ode to an onion, story by Alexandria Giardino ; pictures by Felicita Sala

Ode to an onion, story by Alexandria Giardino ; pictures by Felicita Sala

Label
Ode to an onion
Title
Ode to an onion
Statement of responsibility
story by Alexandria Giardino ; pictures by Felicita Sala
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sad about the subject of a poem he is writing, Pablo Neruda visits his friend Matilde who shows him, through a simple onion, that happiness can be found even through tears. Includes facts about Pablo and Matilde, and Neruda's Ode to the Onion in Spanish and English
Member of
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 3 So focused on writing a poem about miners toiling deep in the earth, Pablo is tardy for his luncheon with Matilde. Strolling through her fragrant garden in preparation for their meal, sensitive Pablo points out aspects of the garden that make him sad. But while he sees the fennel and tomato plants battling one another for sunlight, Matilde envisions the plants dancing. After she picks an onion, he cautions, “It will only make you cry when you slice it up.” As Pablo really studies the vegetable, he marvels at the beautiful white sphere with its thin skin that came from the dark underground. Inspired, he writes an ode to the vegetable, which is printed in English and Spanish at the book’s conclusion. Sala’s colorful paintings reveal the dour, olive-skinned poet and the perpetually smiling red-headed musician. Many pictures and decorations in Pablo’s home are items about which he wrote odes: an artichoke, scissors, vases, and ships. Onionskin endpapers are a nice touch to an introduction to the Chilean poet who paid tribute to familiar objects. -- Maryann Owen (Reviewed 9/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 1, p121)
  • Debut author Giardino envisions the inspiration behind one of Pablo Neruda’s odes to familiar objects. Feeling downtrodden after writing a “long, sad poem” about the lives of miners, Neruda is uplifted by a visit to his friend Matilde’s lush garden home, where “the air smelled like licorice and mud.” Matilde, an exuberant redhead (Pablo’s future wife), recognizes Pablo’s sadness and takes him on a walk through the garden, where her passion and optimism contrast with Pablo’s bleak perspective. But after picking an onion and slicing it for lunch, Pablo recognizes its beauty and complexity, something so much more than “a lowly vegetable.” Sala’s matte artwork features thick lines, playfully skewed angles, and motifs from Neruda’s body of work appearing in his cluttered seaside study. An end note shares biographical details about “Pablo and Matilde,” and Neruda’s “Ode to an Onion,” in Spanish and English, ends the book. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/10/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 37, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10739329
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Giardino, Alexandria
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.G4977
LC item number
Ode 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1904-1973
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Sala, Felicita
  • Neruda, Pablo
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Neruda, Pablo
  • Urrutia, Matilde
  • Neruda, Pablo
  • Urrutia, Matilde
  • Neruda, Pablo
  • Urrutia, Matilde
  • Happiness
  • Onions
  • Friendship
  • Poets, Chilean
  • Happiness
  • Onions
  • Friendship
  • Poets, Chilean
  • Poets, Chilean
  • Onions
  • Happiness
  • Friendship
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Pablo Neruda & his muse
Label
Ode to an onion, story by Alexandria Giardino ; pictures by Felicita Sala
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1020299173
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781944903343
Lccn
2017057939
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1020299173
Label
Ode to an onion, story by Alexandria Giardino ; pictures by Felicita Sala
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1020299173
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781944903343
Lccn
2017057939
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1020299173

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