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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Published by Candlewick Press, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩63669003

Ages 48

Mia doesn抰 speak Spanish well and her abuela, who has come to live with Mia抯 family, doesn抰 speak English well. They share a room, and Abuela watches Mia after school, but there is a lot of silence. Then Mia begins teaching her grandmother English words, even labeling things at home like they sometimes do in her classroom at school, and Abuela teaches Mia Spanish words. The locked door between them starts to open. It opens wider when Mia sees a parrot at the pet shop and the family buys it for Abuela, who had a pet parrot back home. By story抯 end, Abuela is reading Mia her favorite book, and telling stories 揳bout Abuelo, who could dive for river stones with a single breath and weave a roof out of palms. A warm picture book story that has some lovely turns of phrase and integrates Spanish words into the English text is set against cheery illustrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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