Review: Mango, Abuela, and Me

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

Author: Meg Medina

Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

Published in 2015 by Candlewick Press

Mango, Abuela, and Me is a precious and heartwarming story about a young girl named Mia whose Abuela comes to live with her, her Mami, and her Papi. Abuela leaves behind her sunny home that was surrounded by palm trees and colorful parrots. Upon her arrival, Mia discovers that they have a difficult time communicating and understanding each other’s stories. Abuela speaks Spanish and does not know much English, while Mia speaks English and does not know Spanish. They try to teach each other and practice each other’s language, but it proves to be a challenging endeavor. It isn’t until Mia spots a colorful parrot in a pet shop window that she has a brilliant idea to make Abuela feel more at home and to help them learn and understand each other. This book has beautiful, bright, and vibrant illustrations accompanying a lovely story about love, learning, and overcoming linguistic barriers to share stories and nurture a greater appreciation for diverse cultures and backgrounds.

*Pura Belpré Honor Book

Additional Resources:

Blog post review from Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy:

https://teachinglatinamericathroughliterature.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/mira-look-mango-abuela-and-me/

Mango, Abuela, and Me discussion questions and extension activities:

https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/assets/pdf/education-outreach/book-of-the-month-mango-abuela-and-me.pdf

Mango, Abuela, and Me book trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC6CP_max_0

Author Meg Medina video interview from Reading Rockets:

http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/medina

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