Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

This story is about a little girl named Rosalba and her abuela. The two go for a bus ride and then they go to the park. While there they feed the birds and Rosalba begins to imagine what it would be like if one of the birds picked her up. The rest of the story is Rosalba telling the reader what all her and her grandmother would do if they were flying in the sky.
I thought this book was great for many reasons. I really enjoyed that it was from a different cultural background because I think that that can bring a lot to a classroom. Also throughout the story there are Spanish words along with English words. In a classroom this would be great for students because non-Spanish speakers would become familiar with some pieces of the language and native Spanish speakers would be familiar with them and may feel more comfortable reading a book with a little of both English and Spanish. Aside from the cultural benefits that this book could bring to a classroom I also think it is a great book for encouraging imagination! Who hasn't watched birds flying above them and thought about what it might be like if we could do that? The illustrations are amazing! The reader can see what is going on in the background of all of the pictures but the main focus stays on Rosalba and her abuela. This story is beautifully written and illustrated and it could bring a lot of beneficial elements to a classroom.

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