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How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (Tia Lola Stories #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  899 ratings  ·  145 reviews
A delightfully entertaining story of family and culture from acclaimed author Julia Alvarez.

Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. Like her stories for adults, Julia Alvare...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 10th 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I wish I had a aunt like Tia Lola! The story is told in the first person by Miguel, who has just moved from New York City to rural Vermont with his sister and mother after his parents' divorce. Tia Lola, their mother's aunt, comes from the Dominican Republic to look after them. Tia Lola is an irresistibly likeable character, naturally friendly and able to communicate despite knowing no English. In the course of the year in which the story takes place the whole family--in fact, the whole town--gr...more
Jackie
Tia Lola comes to Vermont to visit Linda Guzman and her children, Juanita and Miguel. They've recently moved there from New York after their parent's divorce. Miguel is a slightly embarrassed by his Spanish speaking, flamboyant, eccentric, yet loving and wise aunt. As her visit extends into many months, the whole family comes to rely on Lola for her heart-warming stories, her delicious, spicy food and her magic way with people. Many months later when Christmas rolls around, Miguel can think of o...more
Dree
So, my 6th grader got into our first choice school 10 days before the semester started. And he was supposed to have read 2 books from a list. The registration woman told us 1 would be fine since he had 10 days.

So, off we went to the library. We found 3 books on the list. One was long and he could never read in 10 days (though it looked good). One was Hoot, which he wants to read but is currently halfway through Chomp (not on the list, bummer!). And the third was this one.

So, OK. It's short, it h...more
Kara
Jun 18, 2008 Kara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kara by: I saw it at the library
Julia Alvarez is a good author, but based on this book she isn't suited for writing young adult novels. I felt like she dumbed her book down so that young adults would understand her... but young adults really aren't that dumb! The story could have been a nice story but trying to teach spanish seemed to be more important to the author then developing the story.
Amy
Such a great book, happy throughout! Despite the fact that the family in this book is dealing with a divorce, the characters are energized by Tia Lola who comes from the Dominican Republic to help care for the kids in their new home in Vermont. Tia, who knows no English, knows how to have fun and her energy brings love & friendship to the family.
Shane Allen
Famous author Julia Alvarez comes up with another life lessoned book. This book is about brother and sister Miguel and Juanita getting to know their Tia Lola better than ever ! She visits the US for the first time from the Dominican Republic but cannot speak english. Tia Lola grows into their family more and more eventually like she knew them since they were babies. The main idea of the book was family bonding can be very special. If you want to learn more about the book, you should check it out...more
Minervaking
Miguel and his sister Juanita have just moved to Vermont with their mother after their parents' divorce. They are missing their home in New York City and are trying to get used to their new surroundings, when their mother's aunt, Tia Lola, comes to live with them from the Dominican Republic. Tia Lola teaches them Spanish and Dominican customs and in turn, learns some American customs. Miguel and Juanita learn about their background and realize that Tia Lola is like no one they've ever met before...more
H
More of a 2-1/2 than a 3. This is the story of 10 year old Miguel, who must cope with a relocation from New York City to Vermont (where his dark skin and Spanish name set him apart), his parents' separation, and the arrival of Tia Lola from the Dominican Republic. Tia Lola is like a wild parrot in the staid town Miguel must now live in, and he swings between loving her stories and food to being acutely embarassed of her exuberant ways, disastrous attempts at English, and santeria influenced beli...more
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Angel Cortes
this book is about a girl named juanita and a boy named miguel. and a spanish speaking aunt named lola. lola is the aunt of miguel and juanita. they call her tia lola. as soon as tia lola came from the the airport she was just crazy. she didnt know any english and she was dresses to people in vermont abnormally. so when miguel found her they greeted her and they sent her to their mother. and from there the crazy continued. she got to their house and she unpacked and all of her clothes looked lik...more
Chris Maynard
Student Name: Chris Maynard

Purpose: Multicultural Literature (Wide Reading Project)

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Format: Novel

Grade level: Intermediate (ages 9-12, grades 4-5)

Subjects/Themes: See above bookshelves

School use: If I owned this book, I would have it in my classroom library and refer it to Latino students whose parents may be going through divorce, as it offers much relevance in terms of the feelings that children experience when their parents suddenly split. As described in my review, th...more
Andrew Foster
Grade Level: 3rd to 5th

I really enjoyed this book. There is a surprising amount of humor that children reading this book would get. The premise of the book is that Miguel's parents have divorced and Tia Lola is coming from the Dominican Republic to help his mom. She speaks no English. First, Miguel is embarrassed but as the story progresses, Miguel learns from his aunt how to make friends, no matter what language you speak, and that home is where the ones you loved are, even if your parents are...more
Leslie
“Había una vez…” Tía Lola begins. Once upon a time....And Miguel feels a secret self, different from his normal everyday self, rising up like steam from a boiling kettle into the air and disappearing inside Tía Lola’s stories. (18)

Tía Lola has a wonderful ability to transport those around her into an other world; one filled with vibrant color, foreign languages, and hope. For the Reader, Julia Alvarez does the same. In the terribly familiar landscapes of divorce, moving homes, rental agreements,...more
Anna
I read this because it's something we're thinking about using with our sixth graders next year. I think it's a really cute novel and one that will appeal to kids with a Spanish or Spanglish background. I liked that Alvarez gave the kids some "real" problems, such as their parents' divorce and the fact that they faced bullying when they moved to their new town, but it was a pretty light book overall. I thought Tia Lola was a very interesting character and a lot of kids would likely be able to rel...more
Amanda B.
I actually read the Spanish version of this book, to test how well I could read and comprehend in Spanish. Every year I have been picking up interesting books but i thought it would be nice to try reading in Spanish. To start on my journey, I took a book my sister had read in efforts of pursuing the same thing. I know it is an easy book in English but when you read something in a different language, it's much different. Fortunately, it was a Julia Alvarez book because I really enjoy reading her...more
Margaux
Nice integration of Spanish into the text.

Miguel and his mother and sister have just moved from NYC to Vermont (his parents are getting a divorce). On top of not having any friends to speak of, his Tia Lola is coming from the D.R. to visit. However one week turns into an entire school year, and when he goes to visit the D.R. and his extended family, his feelings about his tia may have changed. Throughout the school year, Miguel makes friends and starts to play baseball, too.
Beth Medlin
We all know someone who can talk to anyone and everyone he or she meets becomes a friend. Tia Lola in Julia Alavarez's story How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay, is that person.

Miguel has just moved from New York City to Vermont because of his parents' divorce. His mother's aunt is coming for a visit from the Dominican Republic, where both of Miguel's parents are from.

At first Miguel is apprehensive about his colorful aunt with her flashy summer dresses, bright red lipstick, hibiscus flowers in he...more
Katie
What a wonderful book! I am so excited to use this in my classroom. I love that the characters take pride in the Spanish language and their Dominican heritage. My Spanish speakers will definitely relate to Miguel and Juanita, and act as experts to my English and other language speakers, who will be enthralled to learn little pieces of the Spanish language. This book would be great for guided reading groups, or for read aloud, as the chapters are smaller stories within the book.
Fahar Jumma
For my December’s good reads I read the book “How Tia Lola Came To (Visit) Stay” by Julia Alvarez. This book is about two kids named Juanita, Miguel, and their Tia (aunt) Lola. When Miguel’s aunt (Tia Lola) comes from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mom, sister and him in their new house in Vermont, Miguel was embarrassed by her poor English skills and extroverted nature. His parents also just got a divorce and Miguel misses his Dad, who is still lives in New York.

One Thin that I didn’t...more
Catherine
This little novel would be a great one for a Spanish speaking ESL student who is trying to fit into American society. Alvarez uses Spanish throughout the story, but she explains what she is saying, so a non-Spanish speaker can still figure out what is going on.

I liked the changes in the characters - especially Miguel. He is a sweet boy who loves his family. This book is for a younger reader - maybe 2nd to 6th grade.

Paige
An amazing read-aloud book for my 4/5 class. It taught them so many things, and opened students to new perspectives outside of their daily life. Allowed for great discussions using quotes such as "What does a real American look like?" This question tied thematically to a research project we did on Japanese-American Internment during WWII, and to units of inquiry related to early American history.

If you are a teacher who believes in culturally responsive teaching practices, this book is a gem!
Perla
This was a book I related to completely. I quickly got attached to all the characters.
In this book, Tia Lola comes to visit from Dominican Republic. Miguel isn't as excited as his younger sister about this since he isn't proud of his culture. While in Vermont, Tia Lola teaches Miguel and his sister about their Dominican culture. Many of the minor characters in the book are affected by Tia Lola's way of expressing her culture. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about Dominican Hi...more
Megan Flaherty
This was a very sweet book about the meaning of home and family. When Miguel's aunt "Tia Lola" comes from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mom, sister, and him in their new house in Vermont, Miguel is embarrassed by her poor English skills and extroverted nature. His parents have also just gotten separated and Miguel misses his Dad, who is still living in New York. Of course, as the story goes on, Miguel warms up to his aunt and decides that he really doesn't want her to go back to the Do...more
Alison
Miguel Guzman’s parents have just gotten divorced and he’s not so sure he’ll ever be a part of a family again. To make things worse, his mother has just moved Miguel and his little sister, Juanita, to a Vermont farming village where all of his classmates are white and have “normal” last names. He’s terrified that his Dominican aunt, Tía Lola, will turn the town upside down with her flamboyant clothes, enthusiastic manners and stubborn Spanish. But, with Tía Lola’s help, Miguel learns that life g...more
Abigail Beckwith
How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay is the story of ten-year-old Miguel Guzman. Stuck in Vermont with no friends after his parents divorce, Miguel is unhappy and wishes he was back in New York. But things begin to change when Tia Lola, Miguel's Dominican aunt, comes for a visit. Miguel make new friends, learns Spanish, and begins to take pride in his Dominican heritage.

How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay uses Spanish in the text. However, it is always clear what Tia Lola is saying with an English transl...more
Essau Alli
Two kids are twins. Their parents are having trouble and are having a divorce. Tia Lola their aunt has come to visit, but they do not know how long she came to visit. Tia Lola helps those kids get in touch with their Spanish heritage and make them interested. They figure out how unique there nationality is.

I can connect this book to myself because I also like my nationality. My nationality is what makes me, me. I like my nationality because there is always something new that I never learned abou...more
Courtney
As the son of parents who immigrated from the DR in their childhoods, 10-year-old Miguel struggles to find his place and a sense of identity when his family moves following his parents' divorce. He worries that the visiting Tia Lola will make him seem more different than he already feels, yet he is drawn to her energy and cooking and stories. Alvarez addresses the confusion of second-generation children with humor and sensitivity, refusing to oversimplify the situation as Miguel also deals with...more
Amer Ibric
This book was about a person that is named Tia Lola. This person is a imagrant from Dominican Republic and came to America. This imigrant told her nephew that she was going just to visit America but soon it turns out that she aually came to stay. This book just talks about a person that lives a new life in America.

I can connect this to all imagrants who come to the US. The reason why is because lots of people come to the US as an imagrant. Also it might be that many people stay in America when t...more
Khalil
While reading this book it showed me that when something/someone enters your life to take advantage or to be thankful for it. In this book Miguel's Tia(aunt)Lola comes from the dominican republic and stays with them. During the begining of her visit he wishes she had never came.This is because he thinks his life will become worse than it is now. As the book goes on he realizes that she is making his life better. He also begins to help her by enhancing her english while living in the U.S.This boo...more
Jmp
Sweet story about family broken and healing. Tia Lola is Aunt Lola who comes to Vermont to help out her Dominican Republic relatives. She learns from them, and they from her.
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Julia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.

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