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Abuelita and Me

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7
W.2.1,3,5,6
SL.2.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6
L.2.2,3,4,4a,4b,4c,4d,4e,5,5a,5b,6

Reading Level: Lexile AD530L
Hardcover : 9781773216102, 32 pages, April 2022 , 11.0" x 8.75"

Description

In this touching, empowering picture book debut, a girl and her beloved abuelita lean on each other as they contend with racism while running errands in the city.

Spending time at home with Abuelita means pancakes, puddle-jumping, and nail-painting. But venturing out into the city is not always as fun. On the bus and at the grocery store, people are impatient and suspicious—sometimes they even yell. Sad, angry, and scared, the story’s young narrator decides not to leave home again . . . until a moment of empowerment helps her see the strength she and Abuelita share when they face the world together. Warm, expressive illustrations by Rafael Mayani highlight the tenderness in Abuelita and the narrator’s relationship. 

Reviews

“A beautiful story with equally resplendent illustrations!”

- The Bookshelf Corner, 02/03/22

“Carranza poignantly addresses racism and microaggressions in this book about a brave and observant child . . . Mayani’s expressive illustrations use vibrant colors and warm tones to convey the story’s difficult topic in a comforting manner.”

- Booklist, *starred review, 03/15/22

“The book itself is very powerful and deals with many strong emotions that are realistic. Throughout ABUELITA AND ME, the artwork helps to convey when the emotions are light and happy or dark and angry . . . Highly Recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 02/25/22

“With bright, expressive illustrations, this is an accessible, tender exploration of the ways in which many marginalized people experience the world.”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/01/22