Simón Silva

Books by This Illustrator

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English

Young girl harvesting crops
Illustrated by: Simón Silva
Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Using the alphabet as a pattern, paintings and brief poems explore rural life in Mexico presented first in Spanish and followed by English. From A to Z, brilliant illustrations and fluid poems evoke the plants, and more and the emotional impact on the lives of farm workers. English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta.

La Mariposa

Painting of young boy in the field
Illustrated by: Simón Silva
Language: Spanish

Young Francisco is excited to go to school. His excitement gives way to shame and frustration, however, as he realizes that he doesn't fit in and he can't understand what is happening around him in English. The story explores Francisco's isolation and his daydreams about a caterpillar in a jar in his classroom. This story is an excerpt from The Circuit and is based on the experiences of the author as the child of migrant farmworkers.