Abuela

  • Title: Abuela
  • Author: Arthur Dorros
  • Illustrator: Elisa Kleven
  • Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc.
  • Publication year: 1991
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This would be a great book to use for teaching young children some Spanish. They is a dictionary in the back of this book that also includes a pronunciation guide. This would also be a book for young Hispanic children to see a mirror of themselves in a picture book. There is also the sense of the “fantastical” in this book, which would be another element of literature that children could be introduced to.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– I really liked the bright, colorful illustrations that are a collage. There is a lot going on in these illustrations that children could hone in on as it is being read to them. Especially in one of my favorite illustrations where abuela and her granddaughter are soaring over the ciudad with so much life and vitality going on beneath them.

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