My Abuelita

by Tony Johnston, Yuyi Morales

Abuelita, who uses words that are "as wild as blossoms blooming," is not only an amazing grandmother, but she also has a very important job--as a storyteller.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780152163303
  • ISBN-10: 0152163301
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 09/07/2009
  • Carton Quantity: 40
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  • About the Book

    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 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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