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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.
Published May 1st 1997 by Puffin Books (first published 1991)
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book at a thrift store the other day, and as soon as I saw it a memory was triggered: my own Abuela (aka Grammie) would read stacks of books to us grandchildren and this was one of them. I had forgotten all about it! I didn't buy it, but it was nice to glance through it and have some good memories. It is a story about a little girl and her Abuela (grandmother) who end up flying over the city. It swaps between English and Spanish in their conversation, so you can learn some Spanish a ...more
Fantastic illustrations and a wonderful story about a little girl's day with her grandma. I actually read this one in Spanish, hooray!
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
  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 imagine ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of bright colors and different textures and details in the book to make the illustrations vibrant, playful, and interesting. The book is about an abuela (grandma) and her granddaughter who explore and fly around the city together. The mix of Spanish and English as her grandmother speaks Spanish and she speaks English highlights the author's value of two cultures and two languages. This book would be great to talk about multiculturalism, multilingualism, imagination, city life, an ...more
Jenna Dillon
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-fluent
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
Tami Roberts
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kristin Fisher
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this story, a young girl goes on many adventures with her abuela, grandmother. Abuela and the girl go on many adventures, including seeing the New York City, seeing where the plane landed that brought Abuela to the states, and a visit to the girls tio and tia. From reading this story, children will learn many different Spanish words. The story does a good job of saying the English version of the word/phrase after or before the Spanish word and there is a very useful glossary at the end of the ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Writing in the conditional tense is irritating for a reader. Either character does do something, or did not do something. The character either flies or does not fly. The character either travels or does not travel. Writing incomplete conditional sentences grates on my nerves.

For this reason I can't go above two stars.

The illustrations, however, are simply 5 star! I could read this book over and over just because I want to get lost in the rich imagery.
Cara Byrne
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The illustrations are gorgeous, though the story/text does not have the depth and interest of the drawings. The text does introduce Spanish phrases to a non-Spanish speaking reader, but my three-year-old lost interest. An Imagination Library book.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a little confused on how they got the flying power to begin with, but I like the illustrations.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a multi-cultural book. It was a great book that would say words in Spanish, but would explain or say it in English. It was also a good book to teach imagination.
Lindsay Niebuhr
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is about a little girl who Imagens herself and her grandmother flying up in the air. I would give the story three out of five stars for it simple storytelling and exciting illustrations.
Jyothi Gispanski
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CC: imagination, flight, Hispanic Americans, Grandmothers, New York
The book tells a story of a fictional girl and her grandmother flying over the city where they live, visiting family members at their work places. Along the way, the grandmother recalls events and details from the country she grew up in. She also uses phrases or words in Spanish, as it the language she knows best. There are translations or context clues in the book to let the reader know what she is saying. It is understood by reading that they share a strong bond because they are shown hugging ...more
Aquiles Voy
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This picture book is available in English and Spanish. In both cases they're bilingual, because in the English version, primarily in English, there are words and phrases that the grandmother says that become clear in English text what they mean, so no matter who reads them, they are exposed to read both languages which I think is important, to begin building comfort around multilingualism. Students are totally exposed to both languages and they may even pick up a couple of words. The illustratio ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
So, I don't know how I missed the fact that this was in Spanish.
However, I still read it the way I would read a wordless picture book and enjoyed it.
To me, the book is about a little girl's adventures with her grandma through their beautiful city on a beautiful day.

PS: Maybe there is an English version, but not at my local library.
Marissa Lazar
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a super sweet book of a young girl and her grandmother, her abuela. They take the bus and go on adventures around the city. The young girl states that her grandmother only speaks Spanish, because that's what the people spoke in the country she lived in before coming to America. The two go to the park, and the young girl imagines that she could fly like a bird, and her and her grandmother go on adventures all around the city. They fly past all the tall office buildings and say hello to th ...more
Marisa Moorman
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abuela is a fantasy fiction book written by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Elisa Kleven. This book is from the point of view of a little girl named Rosalba and her Abuela which means " grandma" in Spanish. I really like this book because it is very different , colorful, and eye-catching. The plot is very interesting because it consists of Rosalba and her Abuela in the park admiring the world around them. The fantasy part of this story starts at the beginning when Rosalba imagines that she and ...more
Justina Servantes
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-353
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
529_Quincy Owens
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Chris Shue
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summarize the book:

This is the story about Rosalba and her abuela, grandma. Abuela was born outside of the US and speaks mostly Spanish, but Rosalba understands what she is saying. It is set in New York City, and we follow the characters to a park where Rosalba uses her imagination to send her and her abuela on an adventure. Rosalba and her abuela fly around the city, somersault in the air, and sit on a chair made of clouds. The story is in English, with a sprinkling of Spanish throughout.

Jenna Sommerkamp
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino-book
"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
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This stunningly illustrated children's book is about a little girl who goes on adventures with her grandmother, her Abuela. The border cover shows the grandaughter, Rosalba, holding hands with her Abuela and flying about the city. I was extremely impressed by the illustrations in this book. They are done with watercolor, pastels, ink, and cut paper and each one is extremely impressive. The story, I personally felt was a little bit dry. All that happened throughout the whole book were little adve ...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
Emily McCracken
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: latino
Artur Dorros's book Abuela is about an imaginative trip Rosalba takes while riding on a bus with her grandmother, Abuela. Rosalba imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. Abuela is narrated by a Hispanic-American girl who imagines she's rising into the air over the park and flying away with her loving, Abuela (grandmother). From the air, they see Manhattan streets, docks, an airport, tourist attractions, and Rosalba's father's office.
Elisa Kleven
Esmeralda Gregg
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rosalba and her Spanish speaking grandmother, abuela take the bus to the park where Rosalba uses her imagination to fly over the sights of New York City. Flying around Manhattan Island and they explore from above several notable attractions such as the airport, Statue of Liberty, and the docks. Each destination allows the grandmother, abulea, to share her memories. Mr. Dorros introduces Spanish words into the dialogue in a manner that the reader can understand what it means based on the context. ...more
Sandra J.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Abuela was one of my favorite reads. It gave great representations of language, settings, and relationships. Sprinkles of Spanish are seen all throughout the book to represent the language that the two main characters speak. It is set in an urban city (New York city) and the characters are seen taking the bus, visiting family at their work in sky rise buildings, etc.

Differences are constructed through language and the images of what and how the Abuela and her grandchild look like. Abuela is dre
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