Published by Puffin Books on May 1st 1997
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.
This was one of the books we received through the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for September. I have to say I think this is one of my favorite books they’ve sent us so far.
Abuela is the story of a girl named Rosalba who goes on an adventure with her Abuela (grandmother). What I loved about this book was the fact that it was in English and had phrases in Spanish which resembles how we speak in our household. The story also reminded my children of my grandmother and their grandmother both of whom speak Spanish because that was the language spoken to them in their countries.
I felt like this was a story my children related to the most because they often listening to my mother in law talk about the place she grew up and she too sometimes takes them for adventures on the bus. While reading this story, I felt a connection to Rosalba and her abuela because it reminded me of my grandmother and her stories of growing up.
The illustrations were bright and colorful. The kids sometimes tend to lose interest if the illustrations of a book aren’t eye catching and this was not the case for Abuela. They loved how bright, colorful and how much the characters looked like them.
Even if you are not a Spanish speaker, you could still read this to your child or even have your child read this to you. It does include a translation and pronunciation guide in the back of the book if you do have trouble with any of the words. However, the book flows beautifully with the English and Spanish language.