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Love, Amalia (edition 2012)

by Alma Flor Ada, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

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Title:Love, Amalia
Authors:Alma Flor Ada
Other authors:Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 144 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:RICBA 2012, Amalia, Abuelita, Martha, friendship, moving, death, loss, grief, Mrs. Armas, memories, Tio Manuel, Julian, Lucia, Chicago, Mexico City, Costa Rica, family, Tio Patricio, Tia Graciela, Tia Amalia, love, cards

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Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada

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I enjoyed this book very much. I would definitely recommend it, especially to children (and their parents) 8 and up.

Even though the book is only 127 pages, the author did a good job developing the characters, especially the main character, Amalia. It was easy for me to relate to her and feel her sadness.

In my opinion it would be a great book for all parents to read with their children. It has interaction with Amalia and her grandmother. There is a lesson taught to Amalia by her grandmother regarding a wrongdoing on her part. It also teaches about loss in two different ways. The main character loses her best friend because her father takes a job in another state. She also learns to deal with the death of her beloved grandmother. She has a "close knit" and very loving family that helps her deal with everything she has to go through.

I enjoyed the use and explanation of Spanish words all throughout the book. There are two recipes at the end of the book. Although I have not attempted to make them, YET, they both sound very tasty.

(I won this book on First Reads. I do not know the author in any way. ) ( )
  kaydi35 | Oct 29, 2012 |
Amalia had been going to her grandmothers every Friday since she was very small. Her friend Martha had been going with her since they were in the fourth grade. But now Martha is moving away to California. Her father has a new job and she won't be able to spend time with Amalia any longer. Amalia is sad and hurt by this abrupt news. What will happen to her when Martha leaves?

Amalia remembers the fun that she had with Martha. They would hang out at the park together. They rode bikes on the weekends, visited the library, played soccer and fun word games. Together they shared a lot of interests and learned from each other. Amalia is now left with a feeling of abandonment and anger. Her Grandmother explained to her the value of friendship. She told her the story of how she would write cards and letters to family and friends and the ones she received she would keep. She advised Amalia to consider keeping in touch with Martha by sending her letters.

Grandmother shares a family history and traditions which were woven throughout her lifetime and provided a loving warmth and inspired in Amalia a longing to learn more. But, Amalia experiences more pain, her grandmother passes and she is devastated. Amalia was left a box filled with letters that her grandmother had kept over the years. She learned so much about her family. Now she must decide if whether or not she will follow in her grandmothers footsteps and connect again with Martha.

Alma Flor Ada has created another tremendous story of family and tradition. The Hispanic culture is full of glorious traditions and tasty foods. Young girls will come to love Amalia. A quick fun read, this story and its colorful journey will have young readers wanting to connect with their own families. The back of the book has recipes for pineapple and coconut flavored flan for readers to try and enjoy. There is also a list of question readers can answer and send to Alma Flor Ada. I recommend this read for any young girl coming of age. ( )
  KristiBernard | Oct 12, 2012 |
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Sixth-grader Amalia learns many important life-lessons while spending Friday afternoons with her beloved grandmother, and the teaching goes on even after Abuelita's sudden death as Amalia finds a way to connect with relatives and a friend who has moved away.… (more)

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