Nana's Big Surprise/Nana, Qué sorpresa!
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Nana's Big Surprise/Nana, Qué sorpresa!

by Amada Irma Perez, Maya Christina Gonzalez
     
 

Nana's visit from Mexico should be a joyous occasion. But this summer she's coming to California because Tata has died. Amada and her five brothers hope to cheer her up with a surprise gift of a coop full of fluffy yellow chicks just like the ones Nana raised with Tata in Mexico. But no matter how hard everyone tries to make Nana feel better, it seems like nothing

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Nana's visit from Mexico should be a joyous occasion. But this summer she's coming to California because Tata has died. Amada and her five brothers hope to cheer her up with a surprise gift of a coop full of fluffy yellow chicks just like the ones Nana raised with Tata in Mexico. But no matter how hard everyone tries to make Nana feel better, it seems like nothing can bring a smile to her face. That is, until one day the chicks reveal a little surprise of their own.

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Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
In this cross-generational, bilingual story, young readers will be emotionally touched by Grandma's summer visit after losing her husband, Tata. Nana has traveled by bus from Mexicali to California to allow some time to mourn the loss of her loved one and to spend some time with her beloved grandchildren. To make Nana feel welcome and loved, the grandchildren build a chicken coop—after all Nana knows everything there is to know about raising chicks. Not only does Nana help guide the grandchildren with the chickens, she reminisces and shares with them her personal experiences while living in Mexico. This author's autobiographical account exemplifies the love, respect, and knowledge we gain from our elderly relatives. The splendid and colorful illustrations are in a collage format with actual photographs, painted pictures, textured fabrics, and papers. The English and Spanish text layout side-by-side makes it effortless for bilingual readers. This book is a wonderful asset to a school or classroom library.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-2
In this story told in Spanish and English, Amada and her siblings eagerly await the arrival of their recently widowed grandmother from Mexico. They build her a chicken coop because Nana "[knows] everything about raising chickens." Once she arrives, she teaches Amada and her brothers how to take care of the chicks, dance the pasodoble , and make an altar for their late grandfather. Finally, having been healed by her doting family, Nana returns to her hometown. The illustrations, made of collaged materials over acrylic paint, are beautifully detailed, richly textured, and vibrantly colored. Unfortunately, the text doesn't do them justice. Pérez's imagery is clear and detailed and her characters are endearing. Still, there isn't much of a clear story arc because the book begins slowly and meanders in the middle. Nana spends much of her time with her grandchildren lecturing, as when she explains that "birth, life, and death are a cycle that every living thing must go through-people as well as chickens." The point that "it's natural to grieve, too, and to find comfort in the love of your family" should develop organically from the story and not have to be explicitly stated.
—Daisy PorterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391905
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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