A Bear for Miguel (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

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One day, María's father takes her to the busy market. There they trade goods for food for Mana's mother and baby brother. María helps by making her father laugh while he works. But she wants to do more. So Mana finds a very special way to help her family.

A young girl in El Salvador goes to the market with her father and helps her family obtain necessities by trading a precious item of her own.

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Overview

One day, María's father takes her to the busy market. There they trade goods for food for Mana's mother and baby brother. María helps by making her father laugh while he works. But she wants to do more. So Mana finds a very special way to help her family.

A young girl in El Salvador goes to the market with her father and helps her family obtain necessities by trading a precious item of her own.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Armin Brott
It's market day in Felicidad, a small village in El Salvador. Maria's family is poor-so poor that all they have to trade for food is their table, some cloth, and Maria's father's tools. While remaining completely nonviolent, this book offers parents a wonderful opportunity to safely discuss with their children the complexities-and the sad ironies-of war. Maria's father, for example, can't work for the government because the antigovernment guerrillas will harm him. And he can't work for the rebels because the government will arrest him. Included is a glossary of Spanish words (which are also translated in the text).
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4The story of a young girl helping her father trade some of their possessions for basic necessities in war-torn El Salvador seems an unlikely topic for an easy reader. However, this poignant narrative, told from the child's perspective, is straightforward and speaks to the heart. Mara never intended to trade her stuffed bear, but her sensitivity to her family's circumstances helps her to make the difficult decision. A general map and glossary (with a pronunciation guide) for the eight Spanish words/phrases used in the text precede the five chapters. The Spanish blends easily with the English text and the meaning is also made clear in context. Sandin's watercolors add to the emotional impact of this beginning reader and do an effective job of setting the scene. An author's note intended for adults briefly explains about the war that took place in the 1980s. This sensitive and compelling title will be welcome in all libraries, particularly those serving refugees from El Salvador.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064442343
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 445,763
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Marie Alphin is the author of the I Can Read Book a bear for miguel, illustrated by Joan Sandin, as well as several young adult novels, including Counterfeit Son, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Ms. Alphin lives in Madison, Indiana.

Joan Sandin is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the "I Can Read" books Small Wolf, written by Nathaniel Benchley, Snowshoe Thompson, written by Nancy Smiler Levinson, and her own The Long Way Westward and The Long Way to a New Land. Ms. Sandin lives in Tucson, AZ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    outstanding

    its about a girl who goes to the market with her father and gets milk and flour and much more. This book taught me that you should be thankful for what you have.

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