The Resource Abuela, by Arthur Dorros ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Abuela, by Arthur Dorros ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Label
Abuela
Title
Abuela
Statement of responsibility
by Arthur Dorros ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven
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Contributor
Author
Book designer
Illustrator
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Flying over Manhattan Island, turning somersaults in midair. Gliding low to race the sailboats, spreading skirts for sails. Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, are taking an extraordinary trip - on Rosalba's imagination. "Tantos pájaros. So many birds." Rosalba says to herself, feeding the birds in the park with Abuela. "What if they picked me up and carried me high above the park? What if I could fly?" And fly she does, calling Abuela up to her and narrating their marvelous journey in English spiced with Spanish phrases. Many of the sights they see remind Abuela of when she first came to this country. Collage illustrations burst with energy and beauty, transforming New York City into the treasure for readers that it is for Rosalba and Abuela. Their adventure is a spirited tribute to the power of love and family pride between a little girl and her grandmother
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 1992
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: /*STARRED REVIEW*/ Gr. K-2. While in the park feeding the birds, with her abuela (grandmother), Rosalba wonders what it would be like to fly--and in her imagination--fly they do! Together, the young girl and her grandmother see New York City from above--the neighborhoods, the coastal area, and the docks. At the Statue of Liberty, Abuela says, "Me gusta," remembering her first trip to the U.S. After a brief flight over the airport, they land to visit Tio Pablo and Tia Elisa's store for a limonada ("Flying is hot work"). Off they soar again, viewing the skyscrapers before landing back at the park. As they walk around the path at the lake, Rosalba begs Abuela for another adventure. The paddle boats are waiting. Exquisite color collages convey the special relationship between white-haired Abuela and her granddaughter. Each painting is a tableau of details. The animated tableux features a rainbow of ethnic characters, pets, flowers, and bright curtains with the general excitement of a city street. Each illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, and form that will mesmerize youngsters. These are pages to be studied again and again. The smooth text, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, provides ample context clues, so the glossary, while helpful, is not absolutely necessary. This is similar in some ways to Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach, and used together, these "wish" books would make a powerful foundation for a multicultural unit for children of all ages. Even if used alone, this book is a jewel. ((Reviewed Oct. 15, 1991)) -- Deborah Abbott
  • PreS-Gr 2-- An innovative fantasy narrated by a Hispanic-American child who imagines she's rising into the air over the park and flying away with her loving, rosy-cheeked abuela (grandmother). From the air, they see Manhattan streets, docks, an airport, tourist attractions, and Rosalba's father's office. The simple text could be enjoyed as a read-aloud or as a read-alone for newly independent readers. What makes the book so interesting is Dorros's integration of Spanish words and phrases via Abuela's dialogue within the English text. While some phrases are translated by the child, others will be understood in context. As insurance, a glossary, which provides definitions and pronunciations, is appended. The illustrations sing out a celebration of the love and joy that underlies the brief, straightforward narrative. Combining vibrant watercolor and pastel images with interesting snippets of collage in an exuberant folk-art style, Kleven depicts the adventurous, warm-hearted Abuela and the jazzy, colorful topography of an energetic, multiethnic city. Thoughtful design extends to the endpapers featuring cloud formations that cleverly echo many images from the story. While not bilingual in the strictest sense, this book is a less self-conscious, more artfully natural approach to multicultural material. It should prove useful not only for collections in which there is need for ethnic diversity, but also as enrichment for intellectually curious children who are intrigued by the exploration of another language. --Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
  • In this tasty trip, Rosalba is "always going places" with her grandmother--abuela . During one of their bird-feeding outings to the park, Rosalba wonders aloud, "What if I could fly?" Thus begins an excursion through the girl's imagination as she soars high above the tall buildings and buses of Manhattan, over the docks and around the Statue of Liberty with Abuela in tow. Each stop of the glorious journey evokes a vivid memory for Rosalba's grandmother and reveals a new glimpse of the woman's colorful ethnic origins. Dorros's text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books. Rosalba's language is simple and melodic, suggesting the graceful images of flight found on each page. Kleven's ( Ernst ) mixed-media collages are vibrantly hued and intricately detailed, the various blended textures reminiscent of folk art forms. Those searching for solid multicultural material would be well advised to embark: Vamos ! Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
  • Rosalba imagines how the grandmother who takes her to the park might soar with her over the city (New York), sharing the sights. Since "Abuela" speaks "mostly Spanish," Rosalba mentions many Spanish words for what they see, and in their conversations. Though the storyline here is slight, the relationship glows with affection; the Spanish vocabulary is well integrated and clear in context. Kleven's illustrations--jewel-like collages of sparkling images and patterns, crammed with intriguing details--effectively transmit Rosalba's joy in her narrative. Pronouncing glossary. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1991)
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109081
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dorros, Arthur
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
510
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • LG
  • K-2
LC call number
PZ7.D7294
LC item number
Ab 1991
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 2
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-71sZ1EWA9E
Reading level
  • 2.5
  • 3.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Kleven, Elisa
  • Powderly, Barbara
  • Dutton Children's Books (Firm)
  • South China Printing Co
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
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  • Imagination
  • Flight
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Grandmothers
  • Families
  • Happiness
  • Pleasure
  • Magic
  • Spanish language
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Flight
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Imagination
  • Flight
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Grandmothers
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Families
  • Flight
  • Grandmothers
  • Happiness
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Imagination
  • Magic
  • Pleasure
  • New York (State)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Abuela, by Arthur Dorros ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Designed by Barbara Powderly"--Title page verso
  • Illustrations on lining-papers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm22765424
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780140562262
Lccn
90021459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)22765424
Label
Abuela, by Arthur Dorros ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven
Publication
Note
  • "Designed by Barbara Powderly"--Title page verso
  • Illustrations on lining-papers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm22765424
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780140562262
Lccn
90021459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)22765424

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