Mis abuelos y yo / My grandparents and I by Samuel Caraballo

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This ode to family depicts the special influence of a young boy’s grandparents in his life. His voice rings as he catalogs the various ways his grandparents impact him. Through gentle verse, Caraballo strings the joys of this quiet relationship: weekends spent throwing parties in the kitchen with delectable desserts, strolls to the museums and historic sites, and sprinting through the spray of a water hose in the backyard.

Set in Puerto Rico, the book, too, pays homage to a unique childhood on the island, colored by descriptions of El Morro, the cruise-liners and big freighters in the ocean, and frolicking in the sea with stingrays. The verses sparkle with this island song, flitting from the joys of the seaside to the cool nights under the stars.


About Samuel Caraballo

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Samuel Caraballo, a native of Vieques, Puerto Rico, is the author of two previous children's books: Estrellita se despide de su isla/Estrellita Says Good-bye to Her Island (Pinata Books, 2002) and Mis abuelos y yo/My Grandparents and I (Pinata Books, 2004). He currently lives in Virginia with his family. D. Nina Cruz holds a BFA from Paier College of Art in Connecticut. As a young girl, you could always find her daydreaming or drawing, a combination that has led her to illustrate children's books. Her paintings reflect the places she has visited and her Latino culture. Nina lives in Northern New Jersey and enjoys spending time with her eleven nieces and nephews. Ethriam Cash Brammer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. A widely published poet, screenwriter and writer of fiction, he is the translator of Lucas Guevara (Arte Publico Press, 2003) and The Adventures of Don Chipote, or When Parrots Breast Feed (Arte Publico Press, 2000). He lives in Detroit, Michigan.
Published October 31, 2004 by Pinata Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Caraballo’s rhyming text and Cruz’s detailed, full-bleed illustrations convey the warmth of the grandchild/grandparent relationship while also introducing young readers to life in Puerto Rico.

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