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tia lolaWriter, poet and essaying, Julia Alvarez has crafted a great book for young readers. When Miguel’s family moves from New York City to rural Vermont, he must come to grip with a world where he is different. And he’s not so sure how he feels about it.

To make matters worse, his Aunt Lola comes to visit from the Dominican Republic. Although he loves her, he worries his friends will not accept her wonderfully colorful personality and this will might make things even more difficult with his new friends. What will it take for Miguel to understand how special his family and their cultural heritage is?

I particularly liked this book because it talks frankly about language. In the beginning Miguel understands Spanish but refuses to speak it. And Tia Lola isn’t too comfortable learning English. This book is a great conversation-starter about how hard it can be to bridge a cultural gap by learning a new language – but how incredibly meaningful it is!

Find it in English on Amazon.com here:

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (The Tia Lola Stories)

Or, read it in Spanish:

De como tia Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse

De como tia Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse (The Tia Lola Stories) (Spanish Edition)

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Written by Arthur Dorros
A little girl named Rosalba loves going places with her beloved grandmother (abuela means grandmother in Spanish).  During one trip to the park, she imagines they can rise up and fly anywhere and so they share a trip to places that bring up wonderful memories for Abuela.  A vibrant story of sharing between the generations.
Suggested Reading Level: First Readers


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Written by Samantha Vamos
How did your family prepare for you when you were a baby-to-be?  In this beautiful story that is a mainly in English with Spanish words and phrases mixed in, you see a family preparing for a welcome new arrival in so many wonderful ways.  A great book about babies, families and for bilingual or ESL classes.
Reading Level: Preschool – Grade 1

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