My Abuelita

My Abuelita

3.96 (363 ratings by Goodreads)
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Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor!
Abuelita's hair is the color of salt. Her face is as crinkled as a dried chile. She booms out words as wild as blossoms blooming. She stuffs her carcacha--her jalopy--with all the things she needs: a plumed snake, a castle, a skeleton, and more. Her grandson knows he has the most amazing grandmother ever--with a very important job. What does Abuelita do? With her booming voice and wonderful props, Abuelita is a storyteller. Next to being a grandmother, that may be the most important job of all.
Sprinkled with Spanish and infused with love, My Abuelita is a glorious celebration of family, imagination, and the power of story.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 213.36 x 281.94 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • Harcourt Children's Books
  • Boston, MA, China
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 0152163301
  • 9780152163303
  • 610,718

Review quote

"The digital photographs of Morales's unique polymer-clay sculptures, surrounded by elements and colors distinctive of traditional Mexican crafts, create a surrealistic atmosphere that transforms the locations where this story take place--a humble home and a school--into fantastic places. Children and adults, especially those who love listening and telling stories, will be thrilled to discover Abuelita's enchanting profession."--"Kirkus Reviews
""A young boy narrates an affectionate ode to his beloved grandmother in this fanciful picture book . . . the many Spanish terms are well defined within the boy's engaging and poetic narrative, in which he conveys his admiration and affection for his appealingly peppy grandmother . . . the eye-catching, mixed-media illustrations, sparked with bright patterns, textures, and color, will help reinforce the meaning in the words. A charming tribute to family and the joys and inspiration that storytelling can bring."--"Booklist
"The vignettes seamlessly knit together realism and fantasy, giving every spread a dreamy physicality "--"Publishers Weekly
""It seems a touch unfair that any one person should have as much talent in her bones as Yuyi Morales."--Betsy Bird, "Fuse #8 - SLJ blog
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363 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (139)
3 23% (83)
2 4% (15)
1 2% (6)
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