Lingua 5


Galego | Español

Some of the illustrations for “Lingua 5”, a 5th grade of primary education Galician Language textbook published by Edicións Xerais in 2020.
This is how the book looks:

Note: the cover wasn’t made by me

Romance of the Beautiful Rose

Illustrations to go with the lyrics of the song “Romance da Bela Rosa”, composed and performed by SÉS.

María Pita

María Pita was an heroine in the defense of A Coruña against the attack of the British Navy in 1589.

In the first scene, the English troops storm the city wall and kill her husband.

In the second image, full of rage because the English have killed her husband, she snatches a spear and with it kills the ensign who directed the assault, who was the brother of Admiral Francis Drake. This demoralized the English troops and caused their withdrawal.

Myths and legends

First illustration: the myth of Narcissus.

Second illustration: the legend of the Buserana.
Invoked by his beloved, the troubadour Buserán emerges on a gigantic wave from the cave into which he had been thrown, and together they dive into the deep darkness of the cave, called the Buserana ever since, from where their love songs continue to sound.

Maruja Mallo

Galician surrealist painter who lived between 1902 and 1995. These illustrations show the evolution of her artistic career.

Galician artists

First illustration: Paula Carballeira, a writer, actress and storyteller.

Second illustration: SÉS, a singer and composer.

Other illustrations in vertical format

First illustration: Manuel Rodríguez-Arijón Pallas, the inventor of the brace/suspender clips, fascinated by the Empire State Building.

Second illustration: some people walking.

¡Pra a Habana! (Havana-bound!)

Illustration to go with the text of Rosalía de Castro’s famous poem about the emigrant who leaves everything behind.

Manuel Rodríguez-Arijón Pallas

Galician who emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century where he invented the brace/suspender clips. In this scene, presenting his invention.

The Hatless Ones

Maruja Mallo, Galician surrealist painter, along with Federico García Lorca, Dalí and Margarita Manso, take off their hats at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid in 1920 in a gesture of rebellion that sought to break the rules and free ideas.


That sea bottle had nothing to do with the others.
Fragment of the book “Xelís, o guieiro das botellas de mar” (Xelís, the guide to sea bottles) by Rosa Aneiros.

A raging wind

Witches and sorcerers

The mouse and the lion

The weak and tiny mouse frees the powerful lion from its trap with its teeth, earning its respect and appreciation.

A mouse sleeping in a hole

History of the Galician language

The evolution of Latin, the Séculos Escuros (dark centuries), the Rexurdimento (resurgence) and the contemporary appreciation.
The blank area in the upper left corner was reserved for the text.

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