My Abuelita

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
31 Reviews

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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The illustrations are very colorful and phenomenal. - Goodreads
I also loved the pictures in the book. - LibraryThing
The illustrations are done so wonderfully. - Goodreads
This could be used as an introduction to culture. - Goodreads

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User Review  - laurenbutcher - LibraryThing

This book was very sweet and loving. It brought me back to some memories I had with my Grandmother and how much love I have for her. The young boy adores being around his "Abuelita" which is what he ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aahigg - Goodreads

My Abuelita is a GREAT children's book. The story is about a little boy and his grandmother (and the cat), throughout the book the boy is describing his grandmother, and their day to day activities ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

TONY JOHNSTON's many acclaimed picture books include The Worm Family illustrated by Stacy Innerst and That Summer illustrated by Barry Moser. Any Small Goodness, her first novel for young readers, was named the 2002 SCBA Book of the Year. She lives in San Marino, California.

YUYI MORALES is an award-winning children's book illustrator. Her breakout picture book was Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull, which was named a Pura Belpré Honor Book. Yuyi lives in Pleasant Hill, California.

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