Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada

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Amalia deals with loss while learning about love and her cultural heritage in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta.

Amalia’s best friend Martha is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia’s abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.

But when another loss racks Amalia’s life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?

From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl’s transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.
 

About Alma Flor Ada

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Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home, My Name Is Maria Isabel; Under the Royal Palms, a Pura Belpré Medal recipient; and The Gold Coin, a Christopher Award recipient. She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com. Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Dancing Home with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at GabrielMZubizarreta.com.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 146 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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The aptly named characters and addresses will delight language lovers—Turkey Lurkey, M.D., lives on Ailments Road and the “temporary” addresses of Pig One and Pig Two are listed in the Hidden Forest Directory.

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the right describes a similar activity at her other grandparents’ house, with a sprinkling of Spanish terms.

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After her mother gives her one of Abuelita’s most cherished possessions, she begins to understand the important role she played in her grandmother’s life and finds the courage to contact Martha.

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Through this affectionate and revealing portrait of a bilingual girl's weekend visits to her two sets of grandparents, Ada (Where the Flame Trees Bloom) and Savadier (A Bedtime Story) prove that straddling two worlds can be a blessing rather than a hardship.

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Alma Flor Ada returns to the Hidden Forest for a third time, once again relaying her tale through correspondence from storybook characters," noted PW .

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In PW 's words, "Through this affectionate and revealing portrait of a bilingual girl's weekend visits to her two sets of grandparents, this book proves that straddling two worlds can be a blessing rather than a hardship."

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Alma Flor Ada returns to the Hidden Forest a third time for With Love, Little Red Hen, illus.

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Ada and Zubizaretta’s (Dancing Home) uneven collaboration focuses on the deep bond between Mexican-American sixth-grader Amalia and her grandmother.

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For as long as she can remember, sixth-grader Amalia has spent every Friday afternoon at Abuelita's home, listening to her grandmother read aloud from her beloved box of letters and learning about their many distant relatives.

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