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Abuela's Weave by Omar S. Castañeda

Abuela's Weave (1993)

by Omar S. Castañeda, Enrique O. Sanchez

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This book did a fantastic job sharing the message that hard work pays off while introducing Guatemalan culture. This story did this through the eyes of a little girl as she follows her grandmother making weaves to sell at the local market. Castaneda did a fantastic job sharing details about Esperanza’s culture and including Spanish terms throughout the book. Sanchez created many beautiful images to showcase the stunning weaves and scenery. I think this book would be great for older elementary students beginning to learn about culture. ( )
  chayes14 | Apr 15, 2019 |
Esperanza's Abuela, her grandmother, is unmatched in her skill in weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She has shared her gift with her granddaughter, and now they plan to sell their goods at the market. However, the birthmark on Abuela's face may scare customers away. So Esperanza must cope with the city streets and find buyers alone. This is a touching story of personal growth and family pride is illustrated with authentic Guatemalan scenery that gives life to the country's radiant landscape and bustling city streets. I liked this book because the author did a good job of properly representing the culture and its many colors (because he grew up there). The big idea of this book is to teach students about modern Mayan culture in Guatemala which I believe the other did well. ( )
  kkale1 | Apr 12, 2019 |
I enjoyed Abuela’s Weave by Omar Castaneda. This story sends a lovely message that hard work pays off; this book also demonstrates the importance of family and community. Esperanza and her grandmother worked all day every day on their weavings for months. They feared machine made goods would affect their business, but they sold everything. The two women had a very strong connection that everyone longs for.

This book was fun to read for many reasons. One thing I really enjoyed was reading about Esperanza’s culture in Guatemala. The author did a good job incorporating some Spanish terms into the book for English readers. For example, I learned huipiles are woven blouses worn commonly by women in central America. The story also taught me about the famous street markets that take place in Parque Central. Hundreds of people take a bus into the city to these markets to buy or sell goods. The illustrations of happy people at the market showed me a strong sense of community that exists.

I really enjoy the layout of the book too. The text boxes are bordered with gorgeous patterns like those of the weaves. The colors and designs are so beautiful that they make me want to buy one of Esperanza and her grandmother’s weaves myself. The book would be interesting for children of all cultures to read. ( )
  kcoope17 | Sep 10, 2018 |
A little girl and her grandmother make beautiful clothing and tapestries to sell at a city market. The grandmother used to sell her goods on her own until some children started a rumor about her being a witch because of the birthmark on her face. The grandmother has the little girl go to the market to sell the goods by herself while the grandma hides in the shadows. By the end, all the goods sold and the grandmother revealed herself.
Ages: 5-7
Source: Teaching Strategies Gold Boxed Curriculum
  hjaksha | Jun 7, 2018 |
what a wonderful story about a girl, esperanza and her grandmother making beautiful clothes and blankets to go sell at the market. The story is beautifully described in detail about Abuelas life and growing up in the country and it is displayed in their works. However, abuela has a mark on her face and does not wish to be seen by others so esperanza must be brave and do it alone. will she make the money for her family and sell everything or will the other vendors with beautiful trinkets and clothes outsell her? will abuela get over her fear and come to the market? Yes! their incredible handcrafted hard work pays off. It shows bravery to children as well as knowledge about how some things are made at home and not in a factory.
  micaylawhitfield | Jun 6, 2018 |
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Sanchez, Enrique O.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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Bright, colorful drawings of the Guatemalan countryside highlight the story of Esparanza, a young girl who learns the art of weaving from her grandmother. Family relations and tradition are the primary themes here.
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Esperanza learns the art of weaving Guatemalan tapestries from her grandmother. Together they make something very special and refuse to show it to anyone until market day.

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Editions: 1880000202, 1880000008, 1880000113, 1880000083

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