Animal Poems of the Iguazu

Presented by Haley Fairbank EDEL 411 Section B

Alarcon, F. X.(2008). Animal poems of the iguazu. San Francisco, California: Children's Book Press.

Information About The Book

Author: Francisco X. Alarcon

Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez

Genre: Non Fiction Informational

Topic/Theme: This story talks about the magical rainforest of the Iguazu National Park which is located in northwestern Argentina and the animals it holds.

Awards: Americas Award Commended Title Notable Books for a Global Society Selection

Media:Mixed media, painting and cutting of paper



About the Author

Francisco X. Alarcon is a widely acclaimed Chicano poet who has received several awards for Children's Literature and he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California, Davis.

About the Illustrator

Maya Christina Gonzalez is a great artist whose work has been on the cover of Contemporary Chocano/ a Art. Maya has illustrated nearly twenty children's books and many of which have won awards. She currently lives in San Francisco California and in her classroom she teaches her students to always be fearless when creating art.

Criteria for High Quality Multicultural Literature

1. Factual information describing a historical setting must be accurate in detail.

This story describes actual animals found in the Iguazu Islands and they are well described and the illustrations are realistic.

2. Rich in cultural details.

There are myths that the people of the Guarani have believed for years stated in this book.

3. Themes should be consistent with the values, beliefs, customs, traditions and conflicts of the specific cultural group.

The theme of this book is to show the viewer the beautiful animals, plants and scenery that can be found in the Iguazu rainforest. The author is showing us this so we can better preserve the Ybira Reta (The Land of the Trees) for the people of the Guarani's future generations of family.




Lesson Idea Using Animal Poems of the Iguazu

Rl.K.7. Kindergarten

Reading Literatures

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

7. With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g. what moment in a story in which the illustration depicts).


Objective: The students will predict what the words on each page will say and what animal is described based on the illustrations.


Lesson Procedures:


  • I will start off by telling the students what an illustration is (a picture illustrating a depiction of a book.newspaper, etc.)
  • Then, I will show the students the cover of Animal Poems of the Iguazu and ask them what they think this story might be about based on the illustrations on the cover
  • I will do this with every page of the story, asking them what they think the page will talk about based on the illustration so for the Jaguar page, I will ask them what they think this animal is and what might the words on the page say? Why? .... Then were they correct?
  • Also, I will ask them what animal they think is going to be mentioned first in the text (if going in order or left to right, top to bottom) based on the placement of the pictures
  • Note that in other stories animals/things on the page may or may not be talked about, but in this story, every animal that is mentioned in the text are illustrated on the page.
  • Once the story is finished, the class will go to the library and we will check our picture books and the students will work with predicting what will happen on their pages based on the illustrations.

Also, the end of the story has the "forest" talking about that we need to preserve it for our sake and the forests sake, so this could potentially lead to a lesson on pollution, with reduce reuse and recycle.




Haley Shon Fairbank

Animal Poems Of The Iguazu by Haley Shon Fairbank