Academic journal article Language Arts

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Academic journal article Language Arts

Mango, Abuela, and Me

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Mango, Abuela, and Me Written by Meg Medina Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Candlewick, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-6900-3

Abuela comes to live with Mia's family so that Papi and Mami can take care of her after grandfather's death. The colorful illustrations of ink, gouache, and marker show Mia and Abuela sharing a bedroom and communicating with pictures and objects because they speak different languages. Mia wishes her Español was better so that she could tell Abuela that she enjoys art and can run as fast as the boys at school. She also yearns to hear her grandmother's stories from her homeland. When Mia doesn't understand Abuela, her Mami reminds her that "things will get better."

One day when they are making meat pies together, they decide to teach each other. Mia points to a ball and says, "Dough" and grandmother says, "Masa." Then Mia remembers what her teacher did to help a new girl at school learn English. …

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