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Chavela and the Magic Bubble

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Chavela loves chomping chicle—chewing gum. And she loves blowing bubbles even more. One day, while out with her abuelita, she finds a mysterious kind of gum she’s never seen before. She pops it in her mouth and blows a giant bubble that lifts her up into the air and carries her on a magical journey.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Clarion Books
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Mrs. Van
Monica Brown's tale of Chavela involves a young girl and magical chicle, gum. The gum allows her to travel the world and while doing so learn a little about the history of her piece of chicle and her family. The illustrations paint vibrant pictures of the sapodilla forests and the chicleros as they harvest the chicle. An element of time travel is introduced partway through the story as Chavela encounters her grandmother as a young girl in the sapodilla forest.
The author includes an explanation a
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
"Chavela and the Magic Bubble" tells the story of a young girl named Chavela who loved chewing gum. She blew so many bubbles that she even knew how to make her bubbles into shapes, like a dog or butterfly. One day Chavela and her grandmother went to buy gum and found a pack called "Magic Chicle". Chavela had to have it because she never tried this kind before. Her grandmother tells her the story of how gum is made from tree sap and that Chavela's great-grandfather was one of the workers, called ...more
Ally Copper
"Chavela and the Magic Bubble" by Monica Brown is a delightful picture book that entertains and educates. Chavela is a little girl who loves to chew gum and to blow bubbles. Her grandmother tells her all about chicleros, workers who harvest chicle from sapodilla trees in the rain forest. The chicle is sent to the United States to be manufactured into chewing gum. Chavela finds some magical gum in a store. This gum allows her to blow a bubble big enough that it floats her to the rain forest of th ...more
Chavela loves chewing gum and blowing bubbles. One day she finds a kind of gum in the store that she has never seen before: Magic Chicle. Her mother explains that gum is made from the sap of the sapodilla tree, called chicle. Her mother’s father was a Chiclero who harvest the chicle and care for the trees. When Chavela popped the gum in her mouth, she was able to blow a huge bubble that carried her out of her room and from California into Mexico to Playa del Carmen. There she got to see the sapo ...more
Sarah Collins
Book Title: Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown

Description: Chavela is a child who loves blowing bubbles with her chicle (gum). She can even blow bubbles shaped like the butterflies in her grandma’s home town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. One day she buys “Magic Chicle” from a corner store. Its bubble carries her all the way to her the jungles of the Yucatan where her great-grandfather cared for the sapodilla trees that chicle comes from.


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Lauren Candia
Wonderful, colorful illustrations. Whimsical storyline, but educational at the same time. Bilingual. A little lengthy, but I paper-clipped pages together in a way that shortened the story but still made sense. Great multicultural book.

Keywords: bilingual, bubbles, mexican-american, multicultural, grandmothers

When Chavela blows a bubble with a strange new gum, she floats away to Mexico, where her great-grandfather once worked harvesting the tree sap that makes gum chewy. -
Abigail Mitchell
Great read aloud...but long. Better for children with a decent attention span. But definitely a magical book!
This book is amazing. Love reading this book to my daughter!
WOW! I ♥ this book. What an adventure! I love the voice and narration. I love that Chavela and her Abuelita have such a great relationship. I love that there is a little history lesson on the chicle. I love that the language in the book is fun and playful. Monica Brown...boy oh boy can she write a great one! I love many of her books!
There's no other word but . . . magical ! to describe this book. My 8 yr-old daughter, my wife, and I all thoroughly enjoyed this selection ! ! Very well-written, exquisitely illustrated, lots of fun ! !

What more needs to be said? My highest recommendation for children of all ages and adults ! !

-- H A L ☮ ♥
This isn't my favorite book in the world, but it incorporates the Spanish language which I think would be good for my students even though the story is a bit strange. Students could write about a relatable experience they've had in context with this book.
I love Monica Brown and her magical realism storytelling! This is a great story about how a young girl could dream big. The colors are vibrant and the multicultural element of leaning about the 'chicle' makers is interesting.
Chavela loves chewing gum. When she finds a box of Magic Chicle at the corner store, she travels to the Mexican rainforest and discovers new friends and learns more about sopadillo trees and harvesters-- the source of chicle.
Really bright colors. Occassional Spanish words. Could give a very brief introduction of what happens with gum production or rainforests.
Monica Brown has a wonderful talent! I love how she incorporates the Spanish culture into her books.
Bridget R. Wilson
A magical story...would work well for a bilingual story time or a Mexico story time.
Julia Jasztal
I liked this book because she found magic bubble gum.
For kids who love chicle, or chewing gum.
Fun story! Colorful pictures.
The illustrations were amazing!
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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...more
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