Mango, Abuela, and Me

mangoMango, Abuela, and Me
by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Candlewick Press, 2015

Mia teaches her grandmother English like she learned it a few years earlier.

Mia’s far-away-grandmother is no longer able to care for her house and moves in with Mia.  Mia does not know much Spanish and Abuela cannot ‘unlock the English words.’  Mia remembers when her best friend first moved in the neighborhood, she did not know any words either.  The entire class marked classroom items with word cards and now Mia and her friend talks so much they are asked to be quiet.  When Abuela and Mia make empanadas, Mia starts naming the ingredients.  While Abuela fries the food, Mia tags items in the house with their name and Abuela and Mia start learning each other’s language.  Abuela carried two special things with her to America, one, a photo of her son as a boy, and two, a red feather from a parrot who had lived near her house.  When Mia sees a parrot at the pet store, she asks her mom to buy it for Abuela, to give her company while Mia is at school.  Abuela teaches the parrot many words and uses the parrot as an ice breaker when meeting her new neighbors.

A touching story showing Mia’s compassion for her new live-in grandmother.

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