Abuelo

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When I was little, Abuelo and I would ride with the wind, "el viento," washing our faces.

We could ride anywhere. We would ride into the clouds, with the sky, "el cielo," wrapped around us.

Together, a young boy and his abuelo go camping, ride horses, get lost and found, and even confront a mountain lion. And when the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, it is his memories that help him adjust to his new life. ...

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Overview

When I was little, Abuelo and I would ride with the wind, "el viento," washing our faces.

We could ride anywhere. We would ride into the clouds, with the sky, "el cielo," wrapped around us.

Together, a young boy and his abuelo go camping, ride horses, get lost and found, and even confront a mountain lion. And when the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, it is his memories that help him adjust to his new life. Arthur Dorros's skillful blend of Spanish and English and Raúl Colón's poignant paintings illuminate how the special bond between an abuelo and a nieto (grandson) reaches across miles!

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In Spanish, "abuelo" means grandfather, the perfect lead-in word for this tribute to the bond between a young boy and the sweet wise man who he left behind when his family moved to the city. Fortunately, this book doesn't dwell on sadness; it recreates memorable adventures shared by the gentle old man and his grandson. With its English/Spanish vocabulary and definitions, this Common Core title serves as an entertaining and effective learning tool.

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A young boy recalls with pleasure the time he spent with his abuelo, grandfather. They would ride everywhere together, as he learned to follow a trail, guide a horse, stand against a mountain lion, and ride free on the wide plains. When his family moves to the city, the boy is uneasy but reassured, remembering his grandfather’s lessons. Jumped by a bully at school, he stands strong the way he learned with the mountain lion. For he feels that his grandfather rides with him wherever he goes. Naturalistic, textured illustrations created with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils fill double pages with the actions in the text and the background landscapes of both plains and city. The warm affection between the boy and grandfather is evident. The depiction of the immigrant experience is also well done. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 3—Colón's bright mixed-media illustrations are the highlight of Dorros's tale of a boy and his "abuelo gaucho" as they ride across what appears to be the pampas of Argentina. The dynamic interaction between the man and his grandchild is affectionately portrayed. Under the grandfather's gentle tutelage, the torch is passed from one generation to another as the child learns to apply valuable lessons to everyday life—such as standing firm when faced with a bully. Whereas the intention of enriching the story with a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary is laudable, the placement of the words and the subsequent definitions are jarring in places and distance readers from the story: "We rode into the clouds/with the sky, 'el cielo,'/wrapped around us." Also, the prose fluctuates from poetic to flat description: "At night, we could see forever" and "I talked with Abuelo, and we visited." In the end, the boy moves to the city, leaving his abuelo behind. That's when he truly understands and appreciates his grandfather's gifts of love and wisdom. All in all, this is a beautifullyillustrated, sweet story.—Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-12
More than 20 years after Abuela, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (1991), Dorros offers a gentle story of the lessons a grandfather imparts to his grandson while riding horses together on the plains before the boy moves to the city. This picture book also calls to mind the author's Papá and Me, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (2008), as it lovingly expresses the lasting impact that time spent with a caring adult family member can have on a young child. The brief English text weaves in Spanish words and phrases with literal translations immediately provided (" ‘No te preocupes,' don't worry, Abuelo told me..."). Though this technique is somewhat redundant, it may be helpful for readers who do not know Spanish. Colón's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations expertly bring to life both expansive landscapes and subtle emotions, as the grandson transitions to city life. The lessons learned on the open plains help the young boy come to feel at home in the city—laughing when he feels fear, standing strong against a bully and finding comfort in gazing at the city stars. This book succeeds at both specificity and universality, presenting the distinct culture of the gaucho cowboy and the plains of South America through a story that will resonate broadly with many children and families. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061686276
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 392,783
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Dorros views being a writer like being a traveling detective. He finds ideas all around. He learned Spanish while living in Latin America, and many of his stories, such as Abuelo, grow from those experiences. Arthur is the author of many books for children, including Julio's Magic, a CLASP Américas Award Commended Title; Papá and Me, a Pura Belpré Honor Book; and the popular Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book Ant Cities. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Raúl Colón was born in New York City, studied art in Puerto Rico, and designed puppets and animated films in Florida. An illustrator of over thirty books for children, Raúl has received a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award, and both a gold and silver medal in the Original Art show. He currently resides in New York City with his family.

Raúl Colón es un aclamado artista cuyo trabajo ha aparecido en numerosas publicaciones como el New York Times, Time, The New Yorker y el Wall Street Journal. Su arte para libros infantiles ha sido galardonado con medallas de oro y plata por la Society of Illustrators. Raúl vive en Nueva York.

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