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.
and#8220;With sensitively drawn characters and a low-key story moving between present and past, the authors construct a portrait of a multigenerational immigrant family. The Latino culture of the family is reflected in the cooking the two do together, the memories Abuelita passes on, and all the letters she has kept from distant loved ones.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Horn Book Magazine, andlt;/iandgt;July/August 2012
and#8220;Amalia is upset when her best friend announces that she is moving from Chicago to California. When Martha leaves, Amalia turns to her grandmother for comfort. It is in her kitchen and at her table that the child learns not only about her family and her Mexican heritage, but also about herselfand#8230;. This story utilizes a special intergenerational relationship to introduce Mexican culture and traditions within the themes of changing family and friendships. Spanish words and phrases are woven into the textand#8230;this quiet story may provide a different perspective on the loss of a loved one.and#8221;andlt;iandgt;andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;andlt;iandgt;School Library Journal, andlt;/iandgt;August 2012
"Ada and Zubizaretta's (Dancing Home
)...collaboration focuses on the deep bond between Mexican-American sixth-grader Amalia and her grandmother.... The authors successfully depict family love and closeness across generations and distances.... In the final chapters...the book...takes on an authentic emotional poignancy, bringing a closing richness to this story of a girl's first experience of loss."
--Publishers Weekly, May 28, 2012
and#8220;Latina sixth-grader Amalia is so upset by her best friend Marthaand#8217;s move from their Chicago neighborhood to California that she canand#8217;t even say good-bye. When her beloved andlt;iandgt;abuelita andlt;/iandgt;passes away suddenly a few days later, she doesnand#8217;t even have the andlt;iandgt;chance andlt;/iandgt;to say good-byeand#8230;.Sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases, this quiet story charmingly emphasizes the importance of both friendship and intergenerational relationships. It concludes with simple recipes for making some of Abuelitaand#8217;s favorite desserts.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Booklist, andlt;/iandgt;August 1, 2012andlt;b andgt;andlt;/bandgt;
and#8220;Ada and Zubizarreta (andlt;i andgt;Dancing Homeandlt;/iandgt;, 2011) reunite to focus on a young Latina girl coping with lossand#8230;. The authors tackle issues of love, loss and familial ties with a sympathetic, light hand and blend Spanish words and Latino music and recipes into Amaliaand#8217;s tale. A charming story, especially for children facing the loss of grandparents.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Kirkus Reviews, andlt;/iandgt;June 1, 2012
and#8220;Ada and Zubizarettaand#8217;s (andlt;iandgt;Dancing Homeandlt;/iandgt;)and#8230;collaboration focuses on the deep bond between Mexican-American sixth-grader Amalia and her grandmotherand#8230;. The authors successfully depict family love and closeness across generations and distancesand#8230;. In the final chaptersand#8230;the bookand#8230;takes on an authentic emotional poignancy, bringing a closing richness to this story of a girland#8217;s first experience of loss.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weekly,andlt;/iandgt; May 28, 2012
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.