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While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.
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Published May 1st 1997 by Puffin Books (first published 1991)
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Bonnie
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.Flying around Manhattan Island, somersaulting in midair, resting in the sky on a chair-shaped cloud.. Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, are having an extraordinary adventure. How do they manage this exhilirating travel that started in the park? On Rosalba's marvelous imagination.While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines...more
Tami Roberts
K-4th Grade (Read aloud or silent reading)
Kleven did an amazing job when illustrating “Abuela”, she used bright colors and precise detail in all of the facets of the book. I was intrigued by the unique use of patterns throughout the book, from the pattern of Abuela’s skirt to the wings of the birds in the park. The way Dorros incorporated the use of Spanish in this book was creative; the story can be used as a tool to teach some Spanish words in a fun and momentous way. I believe children will b...more
Jenna Dillon
Summary: While riding on a bus through Manhattan with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City, in an evocative study of the loving bond between child and grandparent.
Genre: fantasy, adventure, fiction
Reading Level: This book is best for early fluent readers. There are many words, and often paragraphs on each page. The irregular and different spelling patterns of several of the words on each page make this book a flue...more
Jennifer
A little girl imagines what New York City would look like if she were to fly above the city with her spanish speaking grandmother. There are spanish words and phrases found throughout the book.

Themes: family, immigration, love, New York City
Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book, Parent's Choice Gold Award, National Council for Social Studies. All awards were awarded in 1991
Publication date: 1991
Grades: K-2

Classroom uses:

Students could draw their own family trees and list family names in both Engli...more
Anna
Abuela / Arthur Dorros / 1991
Genre: fiction
Format: picture book
Plot Summary: While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City
Considerations: no red flags
Review Citation: Abbot, Deborah. Books for Youth. Book List. Oct 15, 1991.
Selection Source: Novelist
Recommended age: 5-8
Diana
While in the park with her grandmother, her Abuela, Rosalba imagines that they are carried into the sky to fly over the sights of New York City. They go to the harbor, the airport, the statue of liberty, and her father’s job. They summersaulted in the air and rested on a fluffy cloud. Rosalba and her grandmother have an extraordinary adventure. This book shows the loving bond between Rosalinda and her grandmother. I would use this book with my students to teach them new vocabulary, English and S...more
Gladys Sosa
This book is about a Hispanic-American child named Rosalba and her grandmother. This book is about Rosalba that imagines she is flying in the sky with her grandmother. In this book Rosalba is going to different places in New York and each place represents one moment and the ethnic origins of the grandmother. I found this book really interesting because the pictures are very colorful and wakes up students imagination. I have students that are not able to read and as soon as they see the pictures...more
529_Quincy Owens
Abuela by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Elisa Kleven is an imaginative and colorful delight. Rosalba takes the reader around New York in a style only a child could imagine. She flies about the city with her Grandmother right by her side. I was instantly captivated by the removal of many pesky rules like gravity that bind us mere mortals to foot sores and leg cramps.
The illustrations by Elisa Kleven serve the story wonderfully. All of the drawings are colorful and detail oriented. Kleven styl...more
Jill
In this lovely classic, the little girl Rosalba imagines taking a flight with her grandmother (abuela) over the city of Manhattan. Each site they see inspires a memory from Abuela, and so conveys something about the grandmother’s culture. Since Abuela speaks mostly Spanish, the little girl translates. While overhead, they see colorful scenes loaded with people, dogs, food, stores, famous buildings, cars, apartment houses, and activities. The pictures, mixed-media collages done with a folkloric l...more
Justina Servantes
Abuela is a story about a young girl who imagines what it would be like to fly around New York with her Abuela. Rosalba talks about places like the sea and the clouds to fly over with her Abuela. She mostly talks about places that are significant to her and her Abuela. “’Vamos al aeropuerto,’ she’d say. She’d take me to the airport where the plane that first brought her landed” (19). The story ends with Abuela and Rosalba going on another adventure on to a boat for a ride.
In chapter 5 of the Ru...more
Sarah-Rae Bugayong
Abuela is a very heartfelt book. It shows the beautiful bond between grandmother and granddaughter. It was touching to see even though the grandmother in the story has aged, she still has the heart of a young person and was willing to go on a flying adventure with her grandchild. I love how the book incorporated a lot of Spanish words in it. To me it showed that the value of family is the same from culture to culture. I feel that this book should be read to children in the primary level to show...more
Annalise Michael
This is the story of a little girl named Rosalba who goes on adventure with her grandmother named Abuela around New York City. Roseabla wonders to herself what it would be like if she could fly, and the rest of the story is the excursion through her imagination. Every stop in her imagination is a detailed memory for her grandmother, and it shows her where she is from. The book uses some spanish phrases, and there is a glossary for readers to use.

The illustrations are beautiful and showcase span...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
"Abuela" by Arthur Dorros is a wonderful children's book that would be great to have in an elementary classroom. The book is told from the point of view of a little girl about her adventures with her abuela (meaning grandma in Spanish). The author includes both Spanish and American writing throughout as the little girl imagines flying high above the city, gliding close to sea, and flying other spectacular places with her abuela. After exploring the multicultural city, the little girl and her abu...more
Katharine
"Abuela" is a nice story about a girl and her abuela, which means grandmother in spanish. Throughout the book the girl and her abuela go to the park and the girl imagines what it would be like if they could fly together. The story shows different places that the two of them would fly to including all over the city, over factories and trains, gliding over the sea and so on. While reading the story, different spanish words will be introduced with the English word accompanying it. This book is a gr...more
Jaclyn Giordano
Abuela is a picture book intended for students from preschool to grade 3. I gave this book four stars because of the universal theme of family and the idea of the “world as our oyster.” Rosalba and her abulea (grandmother) take an imaginative journey through the sky, offering the reader the excitement and intrigue of adventure and the unknown. The use of both English and Spanish phrases throughout this text makes it both rich and educational. Common Spanish phrases, such as “Me gusta” and “Buen...more
Rebekah
I really enjoyed reading and discussing Abuela. It shows the beautiful bond between grandmother and granddaughter. It was touching to see even though the grandmother in the story has aged, she still has the heart of a young person and was willing to go on a flying adventure with her grandchild. I love how the book incorporated a lot of Spanish words in it. I am taking a lot of Spanish classes now and am able to understand the words used. I thought it was a good idea to put a glossary with pronun...more
Salerno Christine
Abuela is a beautiful story of a girl who explores her heritage with her grandmother. The main character and her "abuela" fly around a city exploring their family's past and present life. The grandma only speaks Spanish so we can assume that her granddaughter is learning a new language as well as being exposed to her family's background. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The illustrations embody the Hispanic heritage in their colors and design.
Valerie
Oct 26, 2009 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kayley
Shelves: catalog, kayley
Summary: While riding on a bus through Manhattan with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City, in an evocative study of the loving bond between child and grandparent.

Potential Audience (reading level): K-4; late transitional/early fluent

Genre: Bilingual fictional picture book

Topic: grandmothers, family pride, love, Spanish language, exploring the city (geography), imagination, adventure

Specific curricular uses: Read A...more
Stefanie
Abuela is about a young girl who goes on adventures with her grandmother. The lines in the pictures of Abuela suggest movement. In Literature for Children a Short Introduction by David Russell the lines “can also suggest movement, distance, and even feeling” (Russell, p. 126). The movement is the flying, when the characters are flying the lines are long and have swirls. When the characters are on the ground they are straighter. The lines are also curvy and portray “security” (Russell, p. 126). T...more
Nancy
Published: 1991, Dutton Children’s Books
Age: 3-7
Rosalba and her abuela, or grandmother, like to take trips around New York City. This day they go to Central Park and as they are feeding the birds, Rosalba imagines what it would be like to fly above the city. She says, “Come” to her abuela and they fly above the city and sights. We see their journey through the vibrant, detailed mixed media collages of Elisa Kleven. The illustrations are very busy but do not take away from the text. They compel y...more
Michelle
Summary:
While riding on a bus through Manhattan with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City, in an evocative study of the loving bond between child and grandparent. Reprint. AB. "

Potential Audience (Reading level): K- 4

Genre: Bilingual Fictional / Picture Book

Topic: Multigenerational (grandma & family pride), power of love, exploring cities (geography) ,imagination and adventure

Specific Curricular uses: Read Alo...more
Sheeba Virani
This book is a versatile book that can be used in the classroom for various purposes. It talks about human relationships like that between the girl and her grandma, multiculturalism, social skills, life in the city etc. Above all it helps children's imagination flourish. It shows how a simple visit to the park can become an adventure through imagination.

Extension
After reading the book and introducing children to different cultures around the world invite family members of children to come in on...more
Gabrielle
This is a lovely picture book about a young girl and her grandmother in New York City. The girl clearly loves her grandmother. She imagines that they fly above New York, looking into windows and watching people go about their daily lives. There is a little Spanish in the book, when the grandma talks to the young girl, but it is always translated into English. The girl explains that her grandma is from a place where they speak Spanish, but she doesn't say where. The different burroughs in New Yor...more
Jessica
This book is such a great book for a multi-cultural selection! The illustrations are beautifully rendered with vivid colors and engaging actions and faces. I love the way that the Spanish vocabulary words are used, and then reinforced by the English meanings for them! The exciting story line is sure to keep any child glued to their seat, while their minds are flying with the story! The book might be a tad too advanced for preschool children, but would be a great accessory to any kindergarten cla...more
Ashleigh Smithers
Abuela is a very good book for children. This book is in Spanish and English, I like that this book can be read by English or Spanish speakers. I really enjoyed all the “adventures” that they went on and the fun day they spent together. It sounds a lot like what my grandmother and I do when we are together. The pictures in this book are very detailed and some are like the I spy books. I think this keeps the attention of the younger readers. I also like how it keeps the Spanish words simple and t...more
Rosita
Abuela is a story about a young girl who imagines what it would be like to fly around New York with her Abuela. The illustration is exquisite. The little girl has a bondage with her grandmother. The little girl and her abuela will have incredible storytelling to their coming generation. This book is fun-to-read and can learn a new Spanish vocabulary and its meaning. This book can be used for Spanish Heritage Month, so the children can be taught the history for this event.

Learning Experience: Th...more
Chelsea
"Abuela" can be used to help Spanish-speaking students. It doesn't say specifically where Abuela is from, but we know it is a Spanish-speaking country with a tropical climate. Because there is an abundance of Spanish-speaking countries with tropical climate, many students would be able to relate to it. The sentences are simple, the pictures are interesting and very colorful, and Spanish is used throughout the book. The book always presents the Spanish words/phrases with the English equivalent. T...more
Tracey Melcher
Rosalba loves going on adventures with her grandmother. What starts out as a trip to the park to feed the birds quickly becomes an exciting fantasy. Rosalba and Abuela take flight across New York City, sharing the sights and visiting their family. Dorros uses simple text with a dose of Spanish to convey the loving, adventurous relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. A glossary, including a pronunciation guide, for the Spanish words used throughout the text can be found at the end of...more
Lauren Derosa
My absolute favorite thing about this book is the pictures. Each drawing is so busy, detailed, and filled with colors! Each little image in the pictures has multiple colors in it and has the very smallest detail. I think that they are beautiful. Another thing which I enjoyed about this book was how the author tied some Spanish into this book. They would add words in Spanish while writing what it means in English after it. I think that this is a very creative way to slowly integrate Spanish into...more
Christian Houseworth
Abuela is a great book that is told from the point of view of a girl and her description of events with her Abuela, which means grandmother in Spanish. This book is written in English, but has some parts in Spanish. This would be a great book to have in my classroom especially for ELL students to promote the importance of their native language and how it is welcomed, accepted, and appreciated in my classroom. This would be a great book especially for Spanish speaking students because they need r...more
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