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Meg Medina is the Pura Belpre Award-winning author of several books for young readers, including the highly acclaimed YA novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and the picture book T a Isa Wants a Car, for which she received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She lives in Richmond, Virginia. Angela Dominguez has created many picture books, including Maria Had a Little Llama, for which she received a Pura Belpre Honor for illustration. She also teaches art at the Academy of Art University. She lives in San Francisco.
Medina artfully weaves a few Spanish words and phrases into her mainly English sentences in a way young Latinos take for granted, and most English speakers should understand... --The New York Times With its emotional nuance and understated, observant narration--especially where Abuela's inner state is concerned--Medina's (Tia Isa Wants a Car) lovely story has the feel of a novella. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Pura Belpr Award winner Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, 2013) and Pura Belpr honoree Dominguez (Maria Had a Little Llama, 2013) have created a poignant tale of intergenerational connection, transition, and patience. The language and vivid illustrations (a colorful blend of ink, gouache, and marker) are infused with warmth and expression, perfectly complementing the story's tone. Abuela's adjustment to her new home is sensitively portrayed as she and Mia bond over their different cultures and shared heritage. Pair with Matt de la Pe a's Last Stop on Market Street (2015) for another look at urban multiculturalism. Heartfelt, layered, and beautiful--a must for library collections. --Booklist (starred review) This uplifting and affirming tale makes clear that connecting with someone sometimes takes work and ingenuity, but the payoff is priceless. --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Readers from multigenerational immigrant families will recognize the all-too-familiar language barrier. They will also cheer for the warm and loving relationship between Abuela and Mia, which is evident in both text and illustrations even as the characters struggle to understand each other. This warm family story is a splendid showcase for the combined talents of Medina, a Pura Belpr award winner, and Dominguez, an honoree. --Kirkus Reviews Medina honors the beauty of holding onto one's history while also making room for new traditions. She demonstrates the richness to be gained by bridging two generations through the language dear to each. Her deceptively simple story models a way to close the communication gap and respect two languages and ways of life...This uplifting and affirming tale makes clear that connecting with someone sometimes takes work and ingenuity, but the payoff is priceless. --Shelf Awareness In this tale, Medina blends Spanish and English words together as seamlessly as she blends the stories of two distinct cultures and generations. Dominguez's bright illustrations, done in ink, gouache, and marker, make the characters shine as bright as the rich story they depict...Everything about this book will make readers want to share it with someone they love. A timeless story with wide appeal. --School Library Journal Medina (T a Isa Wants a Car, rev. 7/11) tells a heartwarming story about intergenerational relationships, finding common ground, and adapting to change. Dominguez's (Maria Had a Little Llama, rev. 11/13) digitally adjusted ink, gouache, and marker illustrations capture the various emotions and moods of the characters, from shyness to frustration to happiness...Young readers will enjoy seeing the relationship between Mia and her grandmother develop--with the help of Mango. --The Horn Book Dominguez's easy- going illustrations (in ink, gouache, and marker) have a casual yet precise style; there are touches of humor in Mia's English labeling of nearly every object in the apartment, and the occasional perspectival shift (looking down on a wistful Abuela as she sits in the park with her granddaughter) adds emotional resonance. There are a lot of families negotiating language and cultural divides, especially with extended family, so plenty of kids will sympathize with Mia's situation and appreciate her growing relationship with Abuela. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Family stories warm the heart and help to remind us about our own family memories. The colorful artwork is much like the relationship created in this story. --School Library Connection Medina pays careful attention to what it means to live in a new language. --Literacy Daily