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

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

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by Elaine Marie Alphin, Joan Sandin
     
 

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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.

Author Biography: Elaine Marie Alphin, author of The Ghost Cadet and The Proving Ground,

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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.

Author Biography: Elaine Marie Alphin, author of The Ghost Cadet and The Proving Ground, drew the inspiration for A Bear for Miguel from letters written by her grandmother in El Salvador. Ms. Alphin lives in Madison, IN.

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.

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
Carolyn Phelan
Growing up in El Salvador, Maria understands that her father can work for neither the government nor the guerrillas without reprisals from the other side. Now they must barter their handiwork and their furniture for food. Going to market with her father, she takes along her stuffed bear Paco. When Papa leaves Maria in charge, she finds the courage to make good trades, even letting her beloved Paco go in exchange for the food her family needs. A glossary is provided for Spanish words used in the text, although generally their meanings are clear from the context, at least when they first appear. Libraries looking for more contemporary stories reflecting other cultures will find this a good choice for young readers, particularly for those who know a little Spanish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606110983
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Series:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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