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Tarde de Invierno / Winter Afternoon

Written by Jorge Luján

Illustrated by Mandana Sadat

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888997180
  • 11.690" x 0.940"
  • Reading age from 3 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents


Publication Date August 06, 2006

In this simple, evocative book a little girl stands at a frosty window waiting for her mother to come home. She draws pictures in the condensation on the windowpane and wonders where her mother is and when she might return. Featuring wonderfully atmospheric images by Mandana Sadat, this book perfectly captures both the feeling of a foggy gray winter afternoon and the kind of lonesome, hopeful watchfulness that is so familiar to any child who has waited for a parent.

Selected for the Criticas Magazine Children's Best Books of the Year 2006


Jorge Luján
Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. His picture books include Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, Rooster / Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy and Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes, illustrated by Morteza Zahedi. Jorge has twice won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina), and he has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is also an architect and musician. His books, songs and videos can be found on his website at Jorge lives in Mexico City.

Mandana Sadat
Mandana Sadat is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books who lives near Paris. She has a diploma in illustration from Les arts décoratifs de Strasbourg and has published many books in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, including Mon lion (Prix France Télévisions) and Tarde de invierno (Premio CANIEM). She has exhibited her art in Portugal and Italy, including three times at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Visit


"...[a] book of quiet beauty...Sadat accompanies the spare but heartfelt text with joyful, mixed-media illustrations that evoke a child's perspective while employing sophisticated compositions that design-savvy adults and playful children will enjoy...This book is highly recommended for libraries and bookstores." Criticas Magazine

"...a good read-aloud to introduce children to the idea of illustrating their own stories...Recommended." Library Media Connection

"It perfectly captures a winter afternoon and the love between a parent and a child." Teaching Tolerance

"This is a perfect bedtime book for little ones on a chilly night - and it will be impossible to read it without snuggling up close."