Synopses & Reviews
A young girl’s discovery of her cultural heritage helps her lovingly cope with loss in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta.
Amalia’s best friend Martha is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia’s abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.
But when another loss racks Amalia’s life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?
From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl’s transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.
Martha, la mejor amiga de Amalia, va a mudarse muy lejos. Y Amalia se siente triste y enojada. Sin embargo, aunque la vida parece injusta, las sabias palabras cariand#241;osas de su abuelita la ayudan a sentirse un poco mejor. Amalia disfruta el tiempo que comparte con su abuela: cocinando, escuchando cuentos y mand#250;sica y aprendiendo de la familia mientras miran las tarjetas que la abuelita atesora en una caja de madera de olivo.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Pero cuando una nueva pand#233;rdida sacude la vida de Amalia, nada tiene ya sentido. and#191;Podrand#225; descubrir Amalia, a pesar del dolor, que especial es, aun si quienes ama ya no estand#225;n a su lado?
About the Author
Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including andlt;iandgt;Dancing Home andlt;/iandgt;with Gabriel Zubizarreta, andlt;iandgt;My Name Is Marandiacute;a Isabelandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Under the Royal Palms andlt;/iandgt;(Pura Belprandeacute; Medal), andlt;iandgt;Where the Flame Trees Bloomandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Gold Coin andlt;/iandgt;(Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.andlt;Bandgt;Gabriel M. Zubizarretaandlt;/Bandgt; draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored andlt;iandgt;Love, Amalia andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Dancing Home andlt;/iandgt;with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at GabrielMZubizarreta.com.