Abuela
by Arthur Dorros
illustrated by 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. If you're looking for books about grandparents, this is a fun choice!

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

"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)


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:  Preschool - Grade 2
DRA Level:  20
Lexile Measure:  510L
Grade Level Equivalent:  3.5
Guided Reading Level:  L 


Below is a sample spread from inside this book. I'm afraid our little versions don't 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.



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