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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Tia Isa Wants a Car is the story of Tia Isa and her niece gettin

    Tia Isa Wants a Car is the story of Tia Isa and her niece getting a car to take them wherever they want to go. Her family lives on an island far away from where they live. Most of the money Tia Isa earns is sent to her family as helping money since her father is sick. The book is appropriate to read for first to 4th graders. Tia Isa’s niece tells the story in the book. The book is written in first person by Meg Medina. The book takes place in a warm city close to the coast.


    When Tia Isa tells her brother Tio Andres she wants a car, he says to her: “You’re not a rich queen. We walk to everything we need here.” Tia Isa’s niece realizes that they don’t have enough money to buy a car. This is important because it’s the conflict of the story. When Tia Isa wants to drive to go to the beach, she can’t because she does not have a enough money to buy a car. Her niece raises money to buy a car by doing small jobs around town. Those jobs were stacking oranges, feeding cats, teaching Spanish to a librarian.



    Claudio Munoz drew the pictures with pencil and ink and used water color to paint them. Munoz uses detail to explain what's happening in the book. An example of that is on Page 11 when Tia Isa is trying to buy a car but she doesn’t have enough money. He shows the expression on the car salesman's face. The car salesman's face looked confused. His head is cocked sideways, and his hand is up in the air. He paints a second painting at the bottom of each page with text to put the page into summary. For example on Page 2 he painted a picture of sea shells because the text refers to the beach: “ ‘Un piscore,’ she says, ‘to take us to the beach!’” in addition on Page 6 he painted a picture of work boots because the text refers to Tia Isa stepping over her brother’s work boots: “Tia just whistles as she steps over Tio’s work boots.”


    I think the book was good for kids first through 4th grade because it teaches the how and why saving money is important. Saving money is a good skill to learn because if you ever want something that cost a lot you can save up for it. Meg shows this is by telling us how the niece helps to save money by working and saving all of her money to buy a car. The author used good vocabulary for a childrens book.

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