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The Resource Sarai and the meaning of awesome, Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown ; illustrations by Christine Almeda

Sarai and the meaning of awesome, Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown ; illustrations by Christine Almeda

Label
Sarai and the meaning of awesome
Title
Sarai and the meaning of awesome
Statement of responsibility
Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown ; illustrations by Christine Almeda
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fourth grader Saraí Gonzalez can do anything. She can bake, dance, and run her own cupcake business. But when Saraí's grandparents are forced to move, even Saraí's not sure what to do. So she hatches a super-awesome plan with her younger sisters and cousin to buy back the house. Will Saraí find a way to save the day?
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Storyline
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Tone
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Review
  • Gr 1–3—Sarai Gonzlez is awesome. She has a sign that says so in case anyone forgets. When she encounters a problem, she tackles it with her usual can-do attitude. Of course, raising enough money to help save her grandparents' house will take more than just cupcake sales, so she concocts a plan that involves her whole family in lemonade sales and a dance competition. The inspiration for this new series is 11-year-old Sarai Gonzalez, an Internet sensation, actress, and activist, who co-authored the story with the award-winning Brown. The duo has teamed up to create an upbeat, energetic tale full of positive vibes and feel-good family moments, all based on Gonzalez's life. Latinx readers will appreciate the Spanish terms sprinkled throughout, while colorful spot art adds charm. Young readers will embrace the Gonzalez family and appreciate Sarai's boundless enthusiasm. VERDICT A lively, fast-paced book with short chapters, perfect for intermediate readers looking for inspiring and optimistic family tales.—Laura Fields Eason, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, Bowling Green, KY --Laura Fields Eason (Reviewed 08/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 8, p64)
  • Young debut author Gonzalez joins veteran co-author Brown (Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream, 2017) to kick off a semiautobiographical chapter-book series based on her life growing up with a large and loving immigrant family in New Jersey. Fourth-grader Sarai is the oldest of three girls in a tightknit Latinx family (her mom was born in Peru, and her dad was born in Costa Rica). She is the epitome of positive thinking, with ambition to spare. When her beloved grandfather learns that the owner of the house he has been renting, and which he shares with his extended family, has decided to sell, Sarai is immediately concerned. Where will her abuelos, tíos, and primos live? What if they are no longer close by? Sarai's optimism does not let her stay down for long, and she immediately hatches a plan to use her fledgling cupcake business to raise the money needed to buy the house. Little sisters making a mess of the kitchen cause some trouble, but basic economics presents insurmountable odds—still, the ending is undoubtedly happy all the same. Sarai's neighborliness and strong family values may be aspirational for many in our contemporary society, but her contagious joy might just set readers on the road to remedy that. Though none of her plans ultimately succeed, she remains irrepressibly hopeful throughout; it's an admirable hope that fuels hard work and ingenuity. Almeda's illustrations depict Sarai and her family with brown skin and black hair. A Pollyanna for the 21st century. (Fiction. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10690294
Cataloging source
BVT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
2005-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
González, Saraí
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Appeals to 2-4th graders
  • Readint level Grade 3
LC call number
PZ7.1.G65323
LC item number
Sar 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Brown, Monica
  • Almeda, Christine
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Sarai
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Girls
  • Grandparent and child
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Sisters
  • Grandparent and child
  • Sisters
  • Families
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Businesspeople
  • Moneymaking projects
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Sisters
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Grandparent and child
  • Families
  • Girls
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Sarai and the meaning of awesome, Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown ; illustrations by Christine Almeda
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Inspired by true events from viral video star and social activist"--Page [4] of cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1051042237
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
106 pages
Isbn
9781549054303
Lccn
2018276400
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051042237
Label
Sarai and the meaning of awesome, Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown ; illustrations by Christine Almeda
Publication
Note
"Inspired by true events from viral video star and social activist"--Page [4] of cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1051042237
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
106 pages
Isbn
9781549054303
Lccn
2018276400
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051042237

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