Cover image for Abuelo
Dorros, Arthur, author.
Personal Author:
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 Raúl Colón's poignant paintings illuminate how the special bond between an abuelo and a nieto (grandson) reaches across miles. Fans of Dorros's Papá 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

K-Gr 3-Colon's bright mixed-media illustrations are the highlight of Dorros's tale of a boy and his "abuelo gaucho" as they ride across what appears to be the pampas of Argentina. The dynamic interaction between the man and his grandchild is affectionately portrayed. Under the grandfather's gentle tutelage, the torch is passed from one generation to another as the child learns to apply valuable lessons to everyday life-such as standing firm when faced with a bully. Whereas the intention of enriching the story with a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary is laudable, the placement of the words and the subsequent definitions are jarring in places and distance readers from the story: "We rode into the clouds/with the sky, 'el cielo,'/wrapped around us." Also, the prose fluctuates from poetic to flat description: "At night, we could see forever" and "I talked with Abuelo, and we visited." In the end, the boy moves to the city, leaving his abuelo behind. That's when he truly understands and appreciates his grandfather's gifts of love and wisdom. All in all, this is a beautifully illustrated, sweet story.-Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.