Mango, Abuela, and Me
Mango, Abuela, and Me

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Annotation: When a little girl's far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.
Catalog Number: #140850
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Dominguez, Angela N.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-9513-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97656-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-9513-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97656-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014951415
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; Mia is unsure of what to think when her grandma, Abuela, comes to live with her. She must open up her room to share with Abuela, even though the two don't even share a common language. "Abuela and I can't understand each other" Mia confides to her mom. "Things will get better," she tells her, and indeed they do. Through some trial and error, persistence and even a feathered friend, Mia and Abuela find new ways to communicate. "Now, when Abuela and I are lying next to each other in bed, our mouths are full of things to say." In this tale, Medina blends Spanish and English words together as seamlessly as she blends the stories of two distinct cultures and generations. Dominguez's bright illustrations, done in ink, gouache, and marker, make the characters shine as bright as the rich story they depict. The glowing images of Mango, the parrot, a nearly silent star of the book, will win over audiences of all ages but the real magic is in the heartfelt tale of love. Everything about this book will make readers want to share it with someone they love. VERDICT A timeless story with wide appeal.&12; Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Mia is shy about meeting her grandmother, who is moving in with her from the faraway tropics. Abuela speaks Spanish and "can't unlock the English words," and Mia's español is not good enough to bridge the divide they both feel. Soon they find ways of getting to know each other lking to the park, rolling masa (dough) for meat pies t it's not enough. Mia decides to teach Abuela English by labeling everything in the house (even the hamster!), and Abuela teaches Mia Spanish in return. One day Mia gives her grandmother a pet parrot, which they name Mango, and he becomes their student ilingual in English, Spanish, and parrot! Pura Belpré Award winner Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, 2013) and Pura Belpré honoree Dominguez (Maria Had a Little Llama, 2013) have created a poignant tale of intergenerational connection, transition, and patience. The language and vivid illustrations (a colorful blend of ink, gouache, and marker) are infused with warmth and expression, perfectly complementing the story's tone. Abuela's adjustment to her new home is sensitively portrayed as she and Mia bond over their different cultures and shared heritage. Pair with Matt de la Peña's Last Stop on Market Street (2015) for another look at urban multiculturalism. Heartfelt, layered, and beautiful must for library collections.
Word Count: 986
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 175368 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q72382
Lexile: AD560L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

“A poignant tale of intergenerational connection, transition, and patience. . . . Heartfelt, layered, and beautiful.” — Booklist (starred review)

Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. While they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English, and Mia learns some Spanish, too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn enough words to tell Mia her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. Here is an endearing tale that speaks loud and clear about the love that binds families across the generations.

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