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Penguin Putnam
A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story. Winner of the Parents' Choice Award!

Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points out places that they explore together. The exhilaration in Rosalba’s and Abuela's story is magnified by the loving bond that only a grandmother and granddaughter can share.

Also available in a Spanish-language edition (ISBN: 978-0-14-056226-2)

"A book to set any child dreaming...any reader can handle it, whether familiar with Spanish or not. It's just joyful."-The New York Times

* "A marvelous balancing of narrative simplicity with visual intricacy...the city is transformed into a treasure trove of jewels, dazzling the eye, uplifting the spirits."–The Horn Book (starred review) 

* "Each illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, and form that will mesmerize youngsters...The smooth text, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, provides ample context clues...a jewel."–Booklist (starred review)

"Dorros's text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books"—Publisher's Weekly 

An ALA Notable Book
An NCSS-CBC Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year
An American Booksellers Pick of the Lists selection
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Listing
Winner of the Parent's Choice Award
A Hungry Mind Review Children's Books of Distinction List selection
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City

Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780525447504
Branch Call Number: E DORRO
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Kleven, Elisa - Illustrator


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megannorthcote Mar 15, 2016

This is a really great bilingual book to share with an elementary audience wanting to get a flavor of everyday words and phrases translated into Spanish. Fortunately, there's a glossary in the back so you can easily see how to pronounce the different words. It also helps young readers identify with children from other cultures as they will hopefully draw similarities between Rosalaba's life and their own.

Mar 06, 2013

Abuela is a book about a young Hispanic girl by the name of Rosalaba. While Rosalaba is playing in the park she imagines what it would be like to fly over the New York City streets. She takes this adventure with her Abuela. They pass the Statue of Liberty and other buildings that are important to her immigrant family. Rosalaba goes with her grandmother from "el parque", the park, to "cerca del mar", getting close to the sea. Rosalaba goes on interesting adventures in Spanish that are easily translated into English. The book throws in words here and there in the text that are Spanish. However it is easy to guess what Spanish word Rosalaba and Abuela are using. For the words that are a bit more challengeing Rosalaba translates them for the reader. I think this book is great for children especially as an aid to learn beginners Spanish. There are simple words such as Abuela which means grandmother in Spanish. El parque (park), me gusta (I like), un gato (a cat), vamos (let's go), and other Spanish words that are translated in the book.


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Mar 06, 2013

kimberlynaomi thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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Mar 06, 2013

Abuela is a book about a Hispanic girl, Rosalaba, which goes on adventures with her grandmother, Abuela, around New York City. Abuela speaks in Spanish during the book and Rosalaba translates what Abuela says during their adventure through the city.


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Mar 06, 2013

"Abuela takes me on the bus. We go all around the city."


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