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Abuela Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Dorros, Arthur, Kleven, Elisa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0140562257     ISBN-13: 9780140562255
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $8.90  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 1997
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Annotation: Readers are invited to join Rosalb and her grandmother on a magical journey, as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of Manhattan. The story is narrated in English and sprinkled with Spanish phrases.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Imagination; Fiction.
Flight; Fiction.
Hispanic Americans; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl 99786780
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Picture Puffins
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 17501
Reading Level: 2.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q00075
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Arthur Dorros (arthurdorros.com) has enjoyed words, pictures, and books for as long as he can remember. A photograph taken when he was one and a half years old shows him eating a few. Some of his later experiences led to his creating books. When he was four years old he sat on the tail of a ten-foot long alligator. Fortunately the alligator had been well fed. Out of that adventure grew one of his first published books, Alligator Shoes.

Since 1980, he has written and/or illustrated numerous popular titles about a broad variety of subjects from nonfiction, concept science books, to high-flying stories such as the award-winning Abuela. Before he started making books he did many things: he worked as a carpenter, teacher, farm worker, longshoreman, and photographer at various times. He loves to travel, learning about and meeting people, and discovering similarities and differences around the world. As a writer and illustrator he brings what he finds into his books. Mr. Dorros currently lives in Seattle, Washington, and enjoys visiting schools throughout the US and internationally to speak with students about telling their own stories.

In addition to the much-appreciated reactions of his readers, his works have been selected as Reading Rainbow Books, ALA Notable Book, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, NCSS Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, Parent's Choice Award, Storytime Public TV Selection, and Booklist Editors' Choice, among other commendations.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996)
This translated edition features a Spanish text lightly sprinkled with English. Effectively incorporating sensory detail, Dorros eloquently re-creates an atmosphere of vivid imagination as Rosalba and her grandmother circumnavigate Manhattan by air, inviting the reader to experience the sights and sounds of the city. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 May #1)
A girl imagines flying over New York City with her Spanish-speaking grandmother. "Solid multicultural material," said PW, also praising the "vibrantly hued and intricately detailed mixed-media collages." A Spanish-language edition ($4.99 -056226-5) will be released simultaneously. Ages 2-6. (May) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1991 July #2)
In this tasty trip, Rosalba is ``always going places'' with her grandmother--abuela . During one of their bird-feeding outings to the park, Rosalba wonders aloud, ``What if I could fly?'' Thus begins an excursion through the girl's imagination as she soars high above the tall buildings and buses of Manhattan, over the docks and around the Statue of Liberty with Abuela in tow. Each stop of the glorious journey evokes a vivid memory for Rosalba's grandmother and reveals a new glimpse of the woman's colorful ethnic origins. Dorros's text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books. Rosalba's language is simple and melodic, suggesting the graceful images of flight found on each page. Kleven's ( Ernst ) mixed-media collages are vibrantly hued and intricately detailed, the various blended textures reminiscent of folk art forms. Those searching for solid multicultural material would be well advised to embark: Vamos ! Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1991 October)
PreS-Gr 2-- An innovative fantasy narrated by a Hispanic-American child who imagines she's rising into the air over the park and flying away with her loving, rosy-cheeked abuela (grandmother). From the air, they see Manhattan streets, docks, an airport, tourist attractions, and Rosalba's father's office. The simple text could be enjoyed as a read-aloud or as a read-alone for newly independent readers. What makes the book so interesting is Dorros's integration of Spanish words and phrases via Abuela's dialogue within the English text. While some phrases are translated by the child, others will be understood in context. As insurance, a glossary, which provides definitions and pronunciations, is appended. The illustrations sing out a celebration of the love and joy that underlies the brief, straightforward narrative. Combining vibrant watercolor and pastel images with interesting snippets of collage in an exuberant folk-art style, Kleven depicts the adventurous, warm-hearted Abuela and the jazzy, colorful topography of an energetic, multiethnic city. Thoughtful design extends to the endpapers featuring cloud formations that cleverly echo many images from the story. While not bilingual in the strictest sense, this book is a less self-conscious, more artfully natural approach to multicultural material. It should prove useful not only for collections in which there is need for ethnic diversity, but also as enrichment for intellectually curious children who are intrigued by the exploration of another language. --Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.