"Arthur Dorros once lived in New York, where he enjoyed watching the city from his rooftop. He is fascinated by the many people living in America who preserve strong ties to their ethnic origins. He feels they have the riches of two cultures and two languages."
I was so pleased to discover a sleu of more books illustrated, and even written, by Elisa here and some great classroom activities for Abuela here! Her illustrations, described so perfectly as having a "vibrant, folkloric look", have earned many awards and praises including the following reviews:
- A marvelous balancing of narrative simplicity with visual intricacy...the city
is transformed into a treasure trove of jewels, dazzling the eye, uplifting the
-Horn Book, starred review.
illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, and form that will mesmerize
youngsters. These are pages to be studied again and again...this book is a
- starred, Booklist
In the sequel to Abuela, Rosalba and her grandmother leave their home in New York to travel to the island where abuela grew up in Isla- Puerto Rico. Elisa ventured to the Caribbean herself to experience all the sights, colors, and culture firsthand.
Both titles are fantastic stories about the richness of family history, adventures in travel, and finding beauty in nature and different cultures. Also available en espanol (Abuela y La Isla), these are perfect books to expand your children's, or students', ever-growing horizons (recommended for ages 3 and up)!