Cover image for Abuelo
Dorros, Arthur, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

Physical Description:
29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Together, a young boy and his abuelo (grandfather) go camping, ride horses, and even confront a mountain lion. Soon, the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, and it is the boy's memories that help him adjust to his new life"--
General Note:
Spanish words and phrases used throughout English text.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 166580.
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Together, a young boy and his abuelo (grandfather) go camping, ride horses, and even confront a mountain lion. Soon, the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, and it is the boy's memories that help him adjust to his new life.

Arthur Dorros's skillful blend of Spanish and English and Ra#65533;l Col#65533;n's poignant paintings illuminate how the special bond between an abuelo and a nieto (grandson) reaches across miles. Fans of Dorros's Pap#65533; and Me and Abuela will delight in this bilingual and multigenerational picture book about a special family relationship.

This strong Common Core title features the following important strands and standards: Determine new word meaning; English/Spanish vocabulary; strong picture support.

Author Notes

Arthur Dorros, an author and occasional illustrator, was born in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 1950. He attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. degree in 1972. He received his postgraduate teaching certification from Pacific Oaks College in 1979. He has worked odd jobs in his youth such as: builder, carpenter, drafter and photographer. He was a teacher for both elementary and junior high. He was the artist in residence for more than a dozen New York public schools while running programs in creative writing and bookmaking. Some of his children's books are written in both English and Spanish. He also writes books that deal with science and nature. Ant Cities and Feel the Wind were named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council and A Tree is Growing was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. He has received the Reading Rainbow Review book selections award for three of his books - Alligator Shoes, Ant Cities and Abuela.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A young boy recounts his joy spending time with his abuelo (grandfather) as the two ride horseback, camp out, get lost, and confront a mountain lion. When I was little, / Abuelo and I would ride / with the wind, el viento,' / washing our faces. / We could ride anywhere. Later, when the boy's family moves to the city, the memories of Abuelo and la pampa (the plains) help him adjust to his new urban surroundings: Little by little, I began to know the city. / It was wide in different ways, like La Pampa. / I talked with Abuelo, and we visited. / Now, even when I cannot see Abuelo, / he always rides with me. Dorros seamlessly incorporates Spanish into his lyrical text, allowing listeners to naturally absorb this vocabulary. Colon's mixed-media artwork beautifully complements Dorros' prose. His luminous landscapes and numerous setting details bring this Argentinian vista to life. Perfect for a grandparent-themed story hour.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Dorros explores the heritage of a friend from Argentina, and the man's memories of his grandfather, who was a cowboy on the pampas. The young boy narrates the story, saying that he and his grandfather "ride [their horses] with the wind." The story continues in this magical realism style-very popular in Latin American literature. The boy and his Abuelo "ride into the clouds" and "reach [their] hands to the stars." As they ride together, Abuelo shares his wisdom. The child's life is shattered when he and his family have to move to the big city. He thinks he might be lost, but finds that from his rooftop he can still see the stars, and as he adjusts to schools and bullies, his grandfather rides with him. The text is beautiful, but the real star here is Colon's always fabulous artwork, which subtly illustrates the journey from the pampas to the city with a color palette that changes along with the narrative. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.