by Arthur Dorros

Paperback, 1991



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penguin group (1991)


While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

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LibraryThing member dangerous_kitchen
Very cute book about a young girl's adventures with Abuela, her grandmother. Lots of Spanish phrases included so everyone can learn something from reading. Highly recommended for preschoolers, but older children would no doubt enjoy it also.
LibraryThing member kidlit9
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.
LibraryThing member Jenny_Laura
The girl in this book goes with her Abuela (grandmother) in New York, and the girl uses her active imagination to the "What if's" for what could happen on their adventures through New York. I really like how the book uses some Spanish words to describe things.

I think that this book would be great
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for writing, and for students to write adventure stories.
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LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
While riding on the bus. A girl on imagines what it would be like flying around New York City. Great book to have kids use their imagination.
LibraryThing member kyoder06
Age appropriateness: primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Media: oil

This book is a good example of a realistic fiction because the events that take place are possible. Although the little girl imagines her and her Abuela flying above the city, it is just her imagination and that is something we all use.
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Using ones imagination is something that children will easily be able to connect to.
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LibraryThing member hdmckee
This book is a book about a young girl and her grandmother. The young girl uses her imagination to believe all sorts of things like they are over the top of New York City. This book also includes Spanish phrases. This book can be used to introduce another culture to students.
LibraryThing member allawishus
The heart of this story is the really loving and sweet realtionship between a girl and her grandmother (her abuela). The illustrations have a folk-art feel to them, with lots of flat perspective and collage elements. I enjoyed it as a read aloud and appreciated that the glossary in back had the
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phonetic pronunciation of the Spanish words used throughout the text.
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LibraryThing member justinscott66
"Abuela" would make a great companion to "Tar Beach" because of the connections to family and history. Another great addition to my multicultural library that will connect my Latina/o students to literature to continue the conversation about language, culture and identity in an elementary classroom.
LibraryThing member ljspear
While riding on the bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. In English, with Spanish phrases, and a glossary in the back for pronunciation and definitions.
LibraryThing member mcivalleri
This is not only a picture book with a cute story, but other things as well. Because there are many spanish words, with their meanings explained, one can learn about the spanish language a bit. Also, they touch on various things about her grandmother, her native country, and so it is also a bit of
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a cultrual introduction. I guess it is a language-teaching, multi-cultural picture book with an adventure fantasy story! It seems to work for me.
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LibraryThing member Lthatfield
Abuela and her granddaughter decides to take a tour through New York City. They see all sorts of different things in the city. Abueala teaches her granddaughter new words in Spanish and what they mean. This book is great for children to learn about a different culture. They can even learn some
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simple everyday Spanish words.
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
“Abuela” written by Arthur Dorros is a great story, with beautiful illustrations that incorporates many Spanish words and phrases. The story begins with a young girl who introduces her Abuela; the young girl explains that this means grandma in Spanish. The little girl loves her Abuela, and they
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always go places together, such as the park. The girl and her Abuela imagined many things they could do if they could fly like birds; they would fly over the Statue of Liberty, race with sailboats, and fly with airplanes. Young children would love reading about the adventures in this story and looking at the pictures. I would read this to elementary students of all ages, because the story incorporates another language.
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LibraryThing member khand
This book is a great multicultural book that teaches kids about different names they may call relatives without even knowing why. It is great to show that it is okay to be different and embrace who you are and where you come from.
LibraryThing member kendrasmith
this is a book that will take you on an imaginary trip through the Hispanic culture
LibraryThing member cacv78
Dorros, Arthur. (1991) Abuela. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. New York: Dutton Children's Books.
This is a great story told through the eyes of a little girl who loves spending time with her Abuela, her grandmother. The little girl and the grandmother spend the day riding the bus all over the city.
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They go to the park and feed the birds and they imagine that the birds lift them off. They spend the day flying around New York City and visiting different parts including the Statue of Liberty.
This book has wonderful illustrations that are filled with vibrant colors and lots of details on each page. I enjoyed reading this book with my daughters because they have a close relationship with their Abuela as well.
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LibraryThing member ReneePesheck
This book is a sweet story about a young girl and her grandma. They take a trip to the park and the girl imagines a flying adventure with her grandma. Lots of Spanish words embedded in the text, with English support to follow the story. Beautiful illustrations.
LibraryThing member AlisonLucas
This is a vibrant children's book featuring a girl narrator and Abuela, her grandmother. The two characters love to spend time together, traveling throughout New York city first by bus and then by air, with the help of birds they meet in the park. This book has a lot of Spanish words and phrases
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embedded in the text, allowing readers to get a taste of the language and culture.

The illustrations are bright, full of detail, and include collage elements. Highly recommended!
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LibraryThing member rebecca401
A lovely story about a girl and her Abuela who make believe they are flying and describe all the wonderful things they see. Spanish words and phrases are incorporated into the text and are easily interpreted. What a great way to include Spanish-speaking students and to help English-only students
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learn key Spanish words. The illustrations are fanciful and detailed.
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LibraryThing member ktextor
This book is about a little girl, her grandmother and her colorful imagination. There are Spanish words as well as phrases that some children may be able to connect to in the classroom. This story talks about the little girl and her grandmother flying over the city and looking at all of the amazing
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places they could go together while they fly. Whether that's looking over the city, visiting the harbor and buildings or making it all the way over to the statue of liberty where Abuela talks about coming to America and the importance on the statue. This is a great book to talk about when wanting to incorporate different cultures in the classroom
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LibraryThing member ssajj
This is a beautifully illustrated book about an imaginative little girl and her “abuela” (grandmother). The little girl in the book describes an adventure that inspires children to use their imaginations. The story introduces children to a variety of Spanish words and phrases then defines them
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immediately so children are not lost in the story. This is a great Read Aloud, and is rich with content that students can make connections with and have dialogue about.
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LibraryThing member CassieM
Abuela is an enchanting story of a girl and her Abuela (spanish for Grandmother) and the wonderful relationship they have. They love adventures whether real or in their imaginations. I love the incorporation of the Spanish language in this text and the beautiful illustrations make the story come
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LibraryThing member dnati
A girl and her abuela go for a walk in the park and suddenly they are flying! They discover the city from a new point of view and there is so much to see. There is about a line of Spanish on every other page and Spanish words throughout.
LibraryThing member spytel
A perfect book for Grandma (Abuela) to read to her grandkids. This story of a little girl and her grandmother has very detailed imaginative drawings and is peppered with Spanish words and phrases throughout. An atypical book for your kids and will show them a couple of different worlds.
LibraryThing member pumabeth
A fanciful story filled with aerial views and melodious harmonizing of Spanish and English, a little girl goes on a flying adventure with her grandmother. They see many sights around New York. Little imaginative touches such as comparing her grandma’s skirt to a sail or the clouds to gatos y osos
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entice the reader to fly alongside the pair as they explore the beginning of Grandmother’s life here in the states by seeing the airport where her plane landed, the unloading at the docks of imported fruits from the land of her origin, and the symbol of freedom and refuge for immigrants: the Statue of Liberty.

Illustrations - Fanciful illustrations show realities of every day life in New York city but in a magical way. Many fabrics and patterns adorn the pictures and can be seen in everything from clothing, to blankets at the park, sails upon the ocean, to even buildings seen from on high.

Uses- in classroom or storytime, teacher or librarian can help students discover the Spanish language and explore the symbolism and history of the Statute of Liberty.
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LibraryThing member kwiens
A young girl and her Spanish grandmother take an adventure around the town as Abuela introduces Spanish words and phrases to common objects. The granddaughter and Abuela begin to fly over the city to see many things including family all while Abuela speaks Spanish. They see the Statue of Liberty,
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Abuela’s favorite. When returning the park they begin to pick out animals and shapes in the clouds.

This book was very colorful. I did not enjoy how some of the Spanish words were not repeated in English. However, I do like how there is a glossary in the back of the book with the translations.

I would read this book to my class as I was teaching different cultures. I would let a Spanish child in the class translate to the rest of the class during the reading selection. I would also discuss how important it is to spend time with family, and maybe ask the children if they know where some of their family members work.
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