La tienda de Mamá y Papá

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Groundwood Books, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A fabric and thread store in downtown Guatemala City in the late fifties is the setting for this evocative picture book. Mamá, Papá and six brothers and sisters live behind this magical store, with its roof terrace that provides a view of the city and the surrounding volcanoes.
The narrator’s parents fled China during the Japanese invasion and, along with a few neighbors, found refuge in Central America where they set up their business. In the story, people come from all over the city and even the countryside to buy their bright fabrics, brilliant threads and other supplies for weaving and making the clothes that Native Guatemalans are famous for.
Amelia Lau Carling, who is both author and illustrator of this delightful book, depicts an almost magical kingdom where Chinese, Guatemalan and Native cultures meet in a harmonious and enchanted space – where children can play and learn about all the different peoples who make Guatemala City alive. The story is especially poignant in light of subsequent events in Guatemala’s tragic history.

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About the author (2003)

Amelia Lau Carling is an accomplished author, illustrator and graphic designer. Her previous book with Pat Mora, Abuelos, won the International Latino Book Award for Best English Picture Book, a Library Media Connection Editor's Choice Award, and it was named a Críticas Magazine Best Children's Book. Amelia has also written and illustrated the Américas Award winner Mama and Papa Have a Store / La tienda de Mamá y Papá and Sawdust Carpets / Alfombras de aserrín, which describe events from her childhood in Guatemala. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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