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Jul 12, 2013

Mexican artist drew details of Pat the Great Cat

Francisco Mora

The Mexican and U.S. Embassies and Pat the Great Cat Literacy Project hosted a presentation by the artist and illustrator for the educational children’s book. The event held at the Mexican Institute in Belize City was to focus once again on the book, which was a joint venture between the children of Belize and Milwaukee. Pat the Great Cat is a journey through the eyes of a jaguar and was created to boost literacy among youths. News Five spoke with Francisco Mora, the Mexican American artist and illustrator for several books including Pat the Great Cat.

 

Francisco Mora, Artist

“Couple of years ago, I received a cardboard box filled with illustrations and piece of paper that the children of Belize had written and children of Milwaukee as well. And what I did was to choose some of the images that I thought were more relevant; the ones that spoke to me that told me this was the soul of the jaguar. So I picked up one or two and I tried to clean up the lines, tried to make it more legible, more understandable. And then once I had the character done, I went to the closet, I took off from the hanger to jaguar suit and I just decided to make self-portraits and that’s how the story was told. I think my character was pretty good, but again it is based on the drawings of the children. So my contribution was just the art.”

 

Miguel Angel Guerrero

Miguel Angel Guerrero, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mexican Embassy

“We are very happy to collaborate with the United States Embassy here on this project of this artist Francisco Mora, who is bringing us beautiful books. In those projects we can see maybe something common between Mexico, Belize—all these regions have the nature of how to preserve it. The story of the jaguar is amazing and I think for the education of the children, regardless your nationality, your citizenship; this is really important.”

 

Francisco Mora

“I’ve been doing books for children for about twenty-five years and in that time; I have been able to produce two books every year. So the numbers have gone up to over fifty books that I have under my wing perhaps. All of them have been just related to multicultural aspects and bilingual books because it is my heritage and those are the children that I want to reach. So that is what I’ve been doing.”

 

In his visit to the country, Mora got an opportunity to visit with jaguars at the Belize Zoo. 

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