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Abuela's Weave
     

Abuela's Weave

by Omar S. Castaneda, Omar S. Castaaneda, Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
 

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A Guatemalan story about intergenerational trust, love, and independence, this book introduces children to the culture of Guatemala through the story of a little girl selling her grandmother's beautiful weaving at the public market. Illustrated throughout with paintings of authentic Guatemalan scenery, giving life to the country's radiant landscape and bustling city

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A Guatemalan story about intergenerational trust, love, and independence, this book introduces children to the culture of Guatemala through the story of a little girl selling her grandmother's beautiful weaving at the public market. Illustrated throughout with paintings of authentic Guatemalan scenery, giving life to the country's radiant landscape and bustling city streets.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW, this story set in Guatemala ``affectingly portrays the loving rapport between a child and her grandmother.'' Ages 3-9. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
A Guatemalan grandmother and her grandchild weave intricate tapestries of their country's rich past. They weave their lives together with threads of dreams, hopes, and intergenerational love. However, they both fear failure in the marketplace because of the grandmother's birthmark which has branded her as a witch in their small village. In the end, the weave of relationship and cloth bring them through their fear and separation to success. The illustrations are a whirl of color and emotion.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Castaneda's rich narrative effectively evokes the harmonious way of life of many Indian communities in Latin America. Esperanza is learning to weave on the backstrap loom from her grandmother. `` `Pull back hard,' old Abuela said. `Make it jolt, so the threads stay close, like family.' '' The whole family counts on them to sell their tapestries at the Fiesta de Pueblos in Guate . However, more and more machine-made weavings are appearing at markets and many people are fearful of the elderly woman, thinking she is a witch because of the birthmark on her face. The day of the fiesta, Abuela dresses all in black with a long shawl wrapped around her face to hide the birthmark. She walks a few paces behind her granddaughter, pretending they don't know each other. Their fears disappear, however, when people crowd around their display of complex weavings amid the commercial stalls. Sanchez's illustrations rendered in acrylic on canvas vividly capture the importance of this ``rite of initiation'' for a young girl under the lovingly firm guidance of her grandmother. Color and composition on each page authentically re-create images of rural Guatemala. A book to be read independently and enjoyed by all children.-- Graciela Italiano, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Kay Weisman
Castaneda offers a slice-of-life portrayal of a young native girl, Esperanza, and her grandmother (or abuela), who live in rural Santa Cruz, Guatemala. The two work hard creating handwoven huipiles (blouses), tablecloths, skirts, and a special tapestry that they hope to sell at the Fiesta de Pueblos in Guate. On the day of the festival, Esperanza travels separately from her grandmother, for Abuela is afraid that the birthmark on her cheek will frighten customers away. All by herself, Esperanza sets up her stall and sells her wares, grateful that the customers appreciate the detailed handmade work more than the cheaper machine-made items that are also available. At the day's end, the two return home together, eager to prepare for the next market day. The strength here lies in the wealth of cultural detail presented almost unobtrusively within a story that will appeal to young listeners. Sanchez's brightly colored paintings highlight the intricate patterns of the cloth and add further to the author's attention to local color. Pair with Miles' "Annie and the Old One" (1971) or Brusca's "On the Pampas" (1991) to introduce various regions of Latin America to young listeners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880000007
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.29(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 9 Years

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