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Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music

by Michael Genhart PhD

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When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.… (more)
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Note: I received a signed hardcover copy of this book at ALA Midwinter 2020.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
A joyful celebration of multicultural families and music. Don't miss the Author & Illustrator notes in the backmatter. ( )
  bookwren | May 16, 2022 |
When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson resolves the problem with a clever solution.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 30, 2021 |
Nice picture book about the joining of a family bonded through music. The two in-laws didn’t speak the same language and didn’t know how to communicate until it came to the accordion. ( )
  bynumm | May 2, 2021 |
"Accordionly" tells the story of how two different cultures came together in the context of a family. Opa and Abuelo both play the accordion, although at first they seem to have nothing in common. Once they discover their common interest, well, you guessed it! Beautiful music results!

The story is told from the viewpoint of the grandson. Colorful illustrations accompany the text, with just a few sentences on each page to tell the story. The theme focuses youngsters on how even though people differ, they still have a lot in common. This tale is based on real people, and real families. Readers can see their photos and read their life stories at the end of the book.. Whether a child enjoys music or not, he or she will enjoy this story about different families and their cultures. This would be a good book for families to enjoy reading and re-reading together.

I received this book from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | May 9, 2020 |
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The accordion is a funny-looking instrument.
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Watching Abuelo and Opa made my heart sing with happiness. With all my family togehter, in harmony. Accordionly.
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When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.

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