Abuela
by Arthur Dorros & Elisa Kleven


A young Hispanic girl and her loving abuela (grandmother) go on an imaginary journey, flying over the streets of New York City. Dorros weaves in Spanish words that are understandable in context or translated by the little girl.

Kleven's folk art watercolor and collage illustrations are fabulous, conveying the "colorful topography of an energetic, multiethnic city." (School Library Journal)  

If you're looking for books about grandparents, this is a fun choice!

Awards Won
  - American Library Association's Notable Children's Book     
  - Booklist Editor's Choice
  - Horn Book Fanfare Listing         
  - Parent's Choice Award
  - American Booksellers Pick of the Lists
  - National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Children's Book

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  PreS-Gr. 2            DRA Level:  20                   Lexile: 510L
Grade Level Equiv:  3.5               Guided Reading: L 

See inside
Below is a sample spread from inside this book. I'm afraid our little, poorly copied version does not do the actual illustration justice, but it should give you an idea of the spectacular illustrations in this book as well as giving you a general idea of how much text there is on each page.


This spread reads: "We would fly all over the city. 'Mira'. Abuela would say, pointing. / And it'd look, as we soared over parks and streets, dogs and people."  As you can see, it's quite easy to understand from context the Spanish word on this spread---"mira", which means look.

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