A picture can tell a thousand words, so it is said. Let us look at how the graphic artists highlighted here have chosen to represent their stories, whether in drawing or by photography.

From Folktales of Spain and Latin America (1967/Silver Burdett) Illustrator: Donald Silverstein

The different representations of Juan Bobo in Children's Literature.

From The Tiger and the Rabbit (1965/Lippincott Co.) Illustrator: Tomie de Paola

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From Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico (1994/HarperCollins) Illustrator: Ernesto Ramos Nieves

From Flamboyan (1988/Harcourt Brace & Co.) Illustrator: Karen Barbour


From Creativity (1997/Houghton Mifflin) Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

From The Golden Flower (1996/Simon & Schuster) Illustrator: Enrique O. Sánchez

From Old Letivia and the Mountain of Sorrows (1996/Viking Press) Illustrator: Rudy Gutierrez


From Isabela's Ribbons (1995/Philomel Books) t Illustrator: Satomi Ichikawa From Gracias the Thanskgiving Turkey (1996/Scholastic) t Illustrator: Joe Cepeda



Two drawings from Arroz con Leche (1989/Scholastic) é ý Illustrator: Lulu Delacre



Scene from Isla (1995/ Dutton) t Illustrator -Elisa Kleven

From Perez and Martina (1961 ed./ Federick Warne & Co.) Illustrator: Carlos Sanchez M.

From The Red Comb (1991/Edic. Huracán/BridgeWaterBooks) Illustrator: María Antonia Ordóñez


After examining these pictures, think about how issues of authenticity are addressed. Certainly some of these illustrations do a better job of this over others. How are aspects of race, gender, ethnicity, class, and power affirmed or denied? Whose voices are missing in these illustrations? What do their absence mean to the overall context of the particular story? These questions may help in your determination of how to shape the classroom discussion on these topics as students construct meaning.