A 2016 Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book
A 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book


When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.

Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfectoidea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published on October 3, 2017 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763695130
ISBN-13: 9780763695132
4 Book Reviews
  • kmreader
    kmreaderabout 1 month55 stars
    Its a really good book! Its about a girl whose grandma came to live with them but she only knows a little bit of English so she tries to teach her English, and her grandmas trying to teach her Spanish, and so they get a parrot to help both of them learn the different languages
    • wingburn
      wingburnabout 1 month33 stars
      its' about, this girl that is trying to teach her Granma English. and shes' learnng Spainish they also get a parrot to teach them. its' a good book
      • wingburn
        wingburnabout 1 month33 stars
        its' about this girls ,trying to learn spainsh and her Granma English they get a parrot to teach her good book
        • hanukofan
          hanukofanabout 1 month55 stars
          this is good hispaninc heritage book you should defintly read it