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La Isla
     

La Isla

by Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
 

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The Spanish edition of Isla takes readers on a magical journey set in the same world as Arthur Dorros's award-winning Abuela!

Cuando Rosalba y su abuela están juntas, la aventura se respire en el ambiente. En Abuela, libro recipiente de varios premios, Rosalba y su abuela exploran la ciudad de Nueva York a

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The Spanish edition of Isla takes readers on a magical journey set in the same world as Arthur Dorros's award-winning Abuela!

Cuando Rosalba y su abuela están juntas, la aventura se respire en el ambiente. En Abuela, libro recipiente de varios premios, Rosalba y su abuela exploran la ciudad de Nueva York a través de la imaginacion de la niña y el espíritu vivaz de la abuela. Esta vez viajan a La Isla, el lugar donde la abuela creció. La fuerza expresiva del texto y las llamativas ilustraciones tipo collage evocan la alegria y el entusiasmo de Rosalba al sentirse parte de las historias de la isla que le relata su abuela con orgullo.

También disponible en una edición Inglés (ISBN: 978-0-14-056505-8)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Isla

"Dorros's language is rich and magical—readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises."—School Library Journal

"Vivid illustrations with myriad details bring the tropical scenes to life, and the well-chosen Spanish words and phrases are easily understood. Glossary."—Horn Book

"The little girl and her grandmother, first seen flying over New York City in Abuela(1991), take off on another imaginary flight, this time to the Caribbean island where Abuela grew up. Isla is a tropical treasure."—Booklist

Notable Book, National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council
Commended Book, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
Notable Children's Book, National Council of Teachers of English

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Dorros and Kleven's (Abuela) latest collaboration, young Rosalba's imagination soars on the wing of her grandmother's colorful stories of the tropical island where she grew up. Rosalba and Abuela fly through sunny skies until they smell ``aire tropical'' and see the island that Abuela calls ``mi esmeralda'' sparkling in the ocean below. Rosalba visits with her relatives, travels to the rain forest and samples the local plantains, papayas and pineapples before it's time to head back to New York City. Dorros's economical yet highly descriptive text conveys Rosalba's sense of wonder at new places and her keen interest in favorite family stories. The relationship between Abuela and her granddaughter, more friendly than maternal, sets the perfect lighthearted tone for adventure and exploration, and young readers of any heritage will quickly take to the several Spanish terms smoothly integrated into the plot. Kleven's mixed-media paintings are a kaleidoscope of color and texture, and her lofty perspectives allow for scenes that teem with detail-in-miniature-whether it be a skyline of city buildings dotted with tiny cars and pedestrians, or a crowded island marketplace brimming with bright fruits, vegetables and vendors. A fanciful flight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Once again, Rosalba and her grandmother are traveling as they did in Abuela, and this time it's to the island where grandmother grew up. In this imaginary journey, they visit her former home where a new generation of the family lives. The fountain built with stones from the rain forest is still in the yard, the old market in the countryside still hums with activity, and the beach is still the best place to go to cool off. Spanish words are interspersed in the text and a glossary provides a guide to pronunciation and meaning.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-``When Abuela, my grandma, tells me stories, we can fly anywhere.'' And so, in this sequel to Abuela (Dutton, 1991), Rosalba takes a trip to the Caribbean island where her grandmother, mother, and uncle grew up. They visit Abuela's house and yard, the rain forest, an old city, a country marketplace, and the beach. In everything they do, Rosalba and her Abuela are like ``...big birds playing.'' After an evening meal with to Fernando, ta Isabel, and cousin Elena, they return to New York City, glowing with happy memories of the experiences they've shared. Dorros's language is rich and magical-readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises. There is so much to look at in each picture-fruits and fish and animals and warm people, all rendered in candy colors. Lines of text are placed like poetry on white pages and accented with decorative drawings, or placed below double-page illustrations. Spanish words and phrases are peppered liberally throughout; a good glossary with pronunciations is included at the book's end. An enchanting journey through the imagination that is delightful for sharing again and again.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140565416
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Picture Puffins Series
Edition description:
Spanish-language edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
560,342
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 10.69(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Arthur Dorros (arthurdorros.com) vivió en Nueva York en donde disfrutaba de observar la ciudad desde el tejado de su edificio. Le fascina el gran número de personas en Estados Unidos que conservan fuertes lazos con sus orígenes étnicos, pues "tienen la riqueza de dos culturas y de dos lenguas." El Sr. Dorros es el autor de Tonight Is Carnaval (en español bajo el título de Por Fin es Carnaval) y de otros aclamados libros para niños, entre ellos Alligator Shoes, seleccionado por Reading Rainbow. Actualmente vive en Seattle, Washington.

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