Synopses & Reviews
Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor!
Abuelitaandrsquo;s hair is the color of salt. Her face is as crinkled as a dried chile. She booms out words as wild as blossoms blooming. She stuffs her carcachaandmdash;her jalopyandmdash;with all the things she needs: a plumed snake, a castle, a skeleton, and more. Her grandson knows he has the most amazing grandmother everandmdash;with a very important job. What does Abuelita do? With her booming voice and wonderful props, Abuelita is a storyteller. Next to being a grandmother, that may be the most important job of all.
Sprinkled with Spanish and infused with love, My Abuelita is a glorious celebration of family, imagination, and the power of story.
"The digital photographs of Moralesand#8217;s unique polymer-clay sculptures, surrounded by elements and colors distinctive of traditional Mexican crafts, create a surrealistic atmosphere that transforms the locations where this story take placeand#8212;a humble home and a schooland#8212;into fantastic places. Children and adults, especially those who love listening and telling stories, will be thrilled to discover Abuelitaand#8217;s enchanting profession."--Kirkus Reviews
"A young boy narrates an affectionate ode to his beloved grandmother in this fanciful picture book . . . the many Spanish terms are well defined within the boyand#8217;s engaging and poetic narrative, in which he conveys his admiration and affection for his appealingly peppy grandmother . . . the eye-catching, mixed-media illustrations, sparked with bright patterns, textures, and color, will help reinforce the meaning in the words. A charming tribute to family and the joys and inspiration that storytelling can bring."--Booklist
"The vignettes seamlessly knit together realism and fantasy, giving every spread a dreamy physicality "--Publishers Weekly
"It seems a touch unfair that any one person should have as much talent in her bones as Yuyi Morales."--Betsy Bird, Fuse #8 - SLJ blog
Sprinkled with Spanish and infused with love, "My Abuelita" is a glorious celebration of language, the love of a grandparent, and the power of story. Full color.
Abuelita, who uses words that areand#160;"as wild as blossoms blooming,"and#160;is not only an amazing grandmother, but she also has a very important job--as a storyteller.
About the Author
TONY JOHNSTON's many acclaimed picture books include The Worm Family illustrated by Stacy Innerst and That Summer illustrated by Barry Moser. Any Small Goodness, her first novel for young readers, was named the 2002 SCBA Book of the Year. She lives in San Marino, California.
YUYI MORALES is an award-winning children's book illustrator. Her breakout picture book was Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull, which was named a Pura Belpré Honor Book. Yuyi lives in Pleasant Hill, California.