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A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story. Winner of the Parents' Choice Award!

Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points out places that they explore together. The exhilaration in Rosalba’s and Abuela's story is magnified by the loving bond that only a grandmother and granddaughter can share.

Also available in a Spanish-language edition (ISBN: 978-0-14-056226-2)

"A book to set any child dreaming...any reader can handle it, whether familiar with Spanish or not. It's just joyful."-The New York Times

* "A marvelous balancing of narrative simplicity with visual intricacy...the city is transformed into a treasure trove of jewels, dazzling the eye, uplifting the spirits."–The Horn Book (starred review) 

* "Each illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, and form that will mesmerize youngsters...The smooth text, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, provides ample context clues...a jewel."–Booklist (starred review)

"Dorros's text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books"—Publisher's Weekly 

An ALA Notable Book
An NCSS-CBC Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year
An American Booksellers Pick of the Lists selection
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Listing
Winner of the Parent's Choice Award
A Hungry Mind Review Children's Books of Distinction List selection
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140562255
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Series: Puffin Book Series
Edition description: English-language Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 72,880
Product dimensions: 8.31(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About 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 "tienan 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.

Elisa Kleven
es la autora e ilustradora de Ernst. También ilustró B Is for Bethlehem de Isabel Wilner, considerado como "sobresaliente", según la reseña de Booklist por sus "atractivas y originales ilustraciones" con su "vitalidad folclórica" y "su estilo juvenil." La Sra. Kleven vive en Albany, California.

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Abuela 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are so colorful and beautiful. The use of Spanish throughout makes learning new words easy and natural. Looking forward to reading this one over the years. Great addition to her library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read this story as part of a children's literature class and I loved it! This is a beautiful example of a child using and enjoying her imagination. She and her grandmother share the sights, sounds and colors adventure in New York City. This is a good portrayal of the innocence of childhood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my first graders and they loved it. The illustrations are rich and detailed: aerial viewpoint is unique. The story is imaginative and chronicals an adventure a little girl imagines having with her grandmother. The spanish vocabulary interwoven with english reflected the interests of my students.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The heart of this story is the really loving and sweet realtionship between a girl and her grandmother (her abuela). The illustrations have a folk-art feel to them, with lots of flat perspective and collage elements. I enjoyed it as a read aloud and appreciated that the glossary in back had the phonetic pronunciation of the Spanish words used throughout the text.
CassieM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abuela is an enchanting story of a girl and her Abuela (spanish for Grandmother) and the wonderful relationship they have. They love adventures whether real or in their imaginations. I love the incorporation of the Spanish language in this text and the beautiful illustrations make the story come alive.
justinscott66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Abuela" would make a great companion to "Tar Beach" because of the connections to family and history. Another great addition to my multicultural library that will connect my Latina/o students to literature to continue the conversation about language, culture and identity in an elementary classroom.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age appropriateness: primaryGenre: Realistic FictionMedia: oilThis book is a good example of a realistic fiction because the events that take place are possible. Although the little girl imagines her and her Abuela flying above the city, it is just her imagination and that is something we all use. Using ones imagination is something that children will easily be able to connect to.
kwiens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl and her Spanish grandmother take an adventure around the town as Abuela introduces Spanish words and phrases to common objects. The granddaughter and Abuela begin to fly over the city to see many things including family all while Abuela speaks Spanish. They see the Statue of Liberty, Abuela¿s favorite. When returning the park they begin to pick out animals and shapes in the clouds.This book was very colorful. I did not enjoy how some of the Spanish words were not repeated in English. However, I do like how there is a glossary in the back of the book with the translations. I would read this book to my class as I was teaching different cultures. I would let a Spanish child in the class translate to the rest of the class during the reading selection. I would also discuss how important it is to spend time with family, and maybe ask the children if they know where some of their family members work.
pumabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fanciful story filled with aerial views and melodious harmonizing of Spanish and English, a little girl goes on a flying adventure with her grandmother. They see many sights around New York. Little imaginative touches such as comparing her grandma¿s skirt to a sail or the clouds to gatos y osos entice the reader to fly alongside the pair as they explore the beginning of Grandmother¿s life here in the states by seeing the airport where her plane landed, the unloading at the docks of imported fruits from the land of her origin, and the symbol of freedom and refuge for immigrants: the Statue of Liberty.Illustrations - Fanciful illustrations show realities of every day life in New York city but in a magical way. Many fabrics and patterns adorn the pictures and can be seen in everything from clothing, to blankets at the park, sails upon the ocean, to even buildings seen from on high.Uses- in classroom or storytime, teacher or librarian can help students discover the Spanish language and explore the symbolism and history of the Statute of Liberty.
spytel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A perfect book for Grandma (Abuela) to read to her grandkids. This story of a little girl and her grandmother has very detailed imaginative drawings and is peppered with Spanish words and phrases throughout. An atypical book for your kids and will show them a couple of different worlds.
ReneePesheck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a sweet story about a young girl and her grandma. They take a trip to the park and the girl imagines a flying adventure with her grandma. Lots of Spanish words embedded in the text, with English support to follow the story. Beautiful illustrations.
ktextor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl, her grandmother and her colorful imagination. There are Spanish words as well as phrases that some children may be able to connect to in the classroom. This story talks about the little girl and her grandmother flying over the city and looking at all of the amazing places they could go together while they fly. Whether that's looking over the city, visiting the harbor and buildings or making it all the way over to the statue of liberty where Abuela talks about coming to America and the importance on the statue. This is a great book to talk about when wanting to incorporate different cultures in the classroom
AlisonLucas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a vibrant children's book featuring a girl narrator and Abuela, her grandmother. The two characters love to spend time together, traveling throughout New York city first by bus and then by air, with the help of birds they meet in the park. This book has a lot of Spanish words and phrases embedded in the text, allowing readers to get a taste of the language and culture.The illustrations are bright, full of detail, and include collage elements. Highly recommended!
ssajj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated book about an imaginative little girl and her ¿abuela¿ (grandmother). The little girl in the book describes an adventure that inspires children to use their imaginations. The story introduces children to a variety of Spanish words and phrases then defines them immediately so children are not lost in the story. This is a great Read Aloud, and is rich with content that students can make connections with and have dialogue about.
cacv78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorros, Arthur. (1991) Abuela. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. New York: Dutton Children's Books.This is a great story told through the eyes of a little girl who loves spending time with her Abuela, her grandmother. The little girl and the grandmother spend the day riding the bus all over the city. They go to the park and feed the birds and they imagine that the birds lift them off. They spend the day flying around New York City and visiting different parts including the Statue of Liberty.This book has wonderful illustrations that are filled with vibrant colors and lots of details on each page. I enjoyed reading this book with my daughters because they have a close relationship with their Abuela as well.
dnati on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl and her abuela go for a walk in the park and suddenly they are flying! They discover the city from a new point of view and there is so much to see. There is about a line of Spanish on every other page and Spanish words throughout.
KimberlyRagsdale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures. Uses Spanish throughout the story which provokes an interest in other cultures. Would be a great story to have in the classroom to address diversity, as well as relationships with family.
dangerous_kitchen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute book about a young girl's adventures with Abuela, her grandmother. Lots of Spanish phrases included so everyone can learn something from reading. Highly recommended for preschoolers, but older children would no doubt enjoy it also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago