Written by:
Translated by: Sandra Marulanda Dorros

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140562262
  • 40 Pages
  • Puffin Books
  • 3-7 years


Dive into Spanish text and fly high over beautiful New York City with Rosalba and her grandmother in Arthur Dorros’ enchanting Abuela. Winner of the Parents’ Choice Award.
–Tantos pájaros– dice Rosalva mientras les dan de comer–. ¿Y qué tal si los pájaros me alzaran y me llevaran volando por encima del parque? ¿Qué pasaría si yo volara?
¡Y claro que ella vuela! Y lleva consiguo a su abuela y nos narra, en español sazonado con algunas frases en inglés, este maravilloso viaje. Mucho de los lugares que visitan le recuerdan a la abuela el momento de su llegada a este país.
Con su energía y belleza, las ilustraciones tipo collage transforman la ciudad de Nueva York en un tesoro para los lectores al igual que para Rosalba y Abuela. Su aventura es un canto al poder del amor y al orgullo familiar entre una niña y su abuela.

También disponible en una edición Inglés (ISBN: 978-0-14-056225-5)


Praise for Abuela

“A book to set any child dreaming…any reader can handle it, whether familiar with Spanish or not. It’s just joyful.”-The New York Times

* “A marvelous balancing of narrative simplicity with visual intricacy…the city is transformed into a treasure trove of jewels, dazzling the eye, uplifting the spirits.”–The Horn Book (starred review) 

* “Each illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, and form that will mesmerize youngsters…The smooth text, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, provides ample context clues…a jewel.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Dorros’s text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books”—Publisher’s Weekly 

“Should prove useful not only for collections in which there is need for ethnic diversity, but also as enrichment for intellectually curious children who are intrigued by the exploration of another language.”–School Library Journal

An ALA Notable Book
An NCSS-CBC Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year
An American Booksellers Pick of the Lists selection
A Booklist Editor’s Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Listing
Winner of the Parent’s Choice Award
A Hungry Mind Review Children’s Books of Distinction List selection
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection