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Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina

Other authors: Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)

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The main character, Mia, is a young girl who lives in a house with her mom and dad. Her grandmother comes to live with them but Mia can't communicate with her! She knows very little Spanish and her Grandmother knows very little English. She gets frustrated but her mother encourages Mia to keep trying. After a while the two learn how to teach each other simple words, Mia decides to buy a parrot for her Abuela and from there on out their language acquisition really flourishes. At the end of the book both can communicate with one another in both English and Spanish.

Ages: 5-8
Source: Tacoma Public Library
  Jessica5858 | Aug 20, 2017 |
A young girl tries to help her abuela learn English. She labels different objects in the house in English. Her parrot, Mango, repeats the words every time her granddaughter says them to her, making it easier for her to pick up the language
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  TUCC | Apr 26, 2017 |
When Mia's Abuela, or grandmother, comes to stay with her family in the city, the young girl doesn't have enough Spanish, and her grandmother doesn't have enough English, for the two to communicate with one another. Mia tries a number of things - pointing and naming objects, taping English labels on everything in the apartment - but nothing works. Then she and her mother buy Abuela a parrot named Mango, and that seems to help with language acquisition on both sides...

It easy to see why Meg Medina's story was chosen a Pura Belpré Honor selection last year (2016) - The Pure Belpré Award is given annually "to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience" - as Mango, Abuela and Me presents an engaging and heartwarming tale. I liked the fact that both Mia and her Abuela have to work at communicating with one another, and I appreciated the fact that an animal is involved in the process, as studies have shown that animal companions often help people to learn to speak and/or read, when they are having difficulty in those areas. The artwork by Angela Dominguez is colorful and expressive, capturing the love and warmth of the relationship between Mia and Abuela. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories addressing themes such as living with grandparents or communicating across language barriers, and that feature Latino characters. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2017 |
I really liked this book for 2 reasons. First, I love how the book is bilingual, and allows the children to learn some Spanish on their own. I love that this book provides opportunity to see how Spanish is translated into English, and how the two languages differ. Second, I liked how the theme of the book made the characters so believable. The language barrier that the granddaughter and grandmother have makes you really feel for them. The audience can understand the frustration and difficulty of not being able to communicate with someone you love. The characters make the story more realistic, and are very inspiring, especially to a family that may also be going through this struggle. Abuela came to the U.S. to live with her family however the language barrier prohibits her from getting to know the neighborhood, the neighbors, and even her own grand-daughter. I think a lot of children and families could relate to this book, and use this book as a resource to help connect the family together. I think one of the reasons the author is able to bring the characters to life is because the point of view is through the granddaughter. I think that this makes the story more believable and powerful. When children read this book, they will be able to connect with the little girl and see her view on the situation. I think children will be able to better understand what it is like to not be able to communicate with a family member through the eyes of the granddaughter. The big idea of the book is that even though there is a language barrier, if you put forth the effort, you can find ways to learn from each other, and appreciate one another, as well as other languages. ( )
  adyer4 | Apr 18, 2017 |
In my opinion this is a great book. The language in the book makes the book clear and also allows students to learn Spanish words. The addition of Spanish words makes the multicultural book creative and educational. The characters create an inspiring and realistic story of the importance of relationships between generations. The big idea of the story is that although there were difficulties in communications, family can connect through a common interest. ( )
  mmilde1 | Apr 17, 2017 |
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Para Cristina, Sandra, y Alex - y las abuelas, por todo su amor. - M. M.
A mi familia, y a mi amiga del alma Erika por toda su ayuda. - A. D.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763669008, Hardcover)

When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.

Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfectoidea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.

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