Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre by Renae Colato Laainez
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Colato Laínez offers readers the text in both English and Spanish side by side or above and below, neatly laid out with its corresponding illustrations and folding in a primer on the immigration process besides. A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale.
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When Mama s purse falls on the floor, Sofia gets a peek at Mama s old Resident Alien card and comes to the conclusion that Mama might be an alien from outer space. Sofia heads to the library to learn more about aliens. Some are small and some are tall. Some have four fingers on each hand and some have large, round eyes. Their skin can be gray or blue or green. But Mama looks like a human mother! Could she really be an alien? Sofia is still puzzling out this mystery when she sees an alien-looking Mama one night. It turns out Mama is doing a beauty treatment so she will look her best for her citizenship ceremony. That s when Sofia realizes that in English, an alien can be someone from another planet, and it can also be a person from another country. Just like Mama! Filled with imagination and humor, Mama the Alien/Mama la extraterrestre is a lighthearted immigration tale and a celebration of family, no matter where that family comes from. Even if it s outer space!"
 

About Renae Colato Laainez

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RENÉ COLATO LAÍNEZ is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. A native of El Salvador, his goal is to write bilingual stories in which minority children are portrayed positively, with hopes and dreams for the future. Laínez was inspired to write this story by the fact that many children of immigrants have made the same assumptions as Sofia in this story after seeing their relatives' Resident Alien cards. When not writing or presenting at conferences,or workshops, Laínez teaches in a bilingual elementary school. He lives in Arleta, California.LAURA LACÁMARA is both an author and illustrator of children's books. She is a popular presenter at schools, book festivals, libraries, and conferences, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Lacámara was inspired to illustrate this story because it is clever, funny, and meaningful, and by the opportunity to draw aliens! Anative of Cuba, she now lives in Venice, California, with her husband and their daughter.
 
Published July 5, 2016 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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on Apr 13 2016

Colato Laínez offers readers the text in both English and Spanish side by side or above and below, neatly laid out with its corresponding illustrations and folding in a primer on the immigration process besides. A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale.

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