{book} a gift of gracias

DAY 07 A Gift of Gracias by Julia Alvarez, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. It should be of no surprise that seeing another picture book by Julia Alvarez would occupy one of the 31 days of October. “Maria’s family is almost forced to leave their farm on theContinue reading “{book} a gift of gracias”

{books} saving summer & certain allergies

Today is the last day of the school year for N and we are looking forward to summer. She has already signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the local Library. I need to sign up (they have awesome drawings–even for adults!). So I hope you’ve signed up with your Library. There is Scholastic’sContinue reading “{books} saving summer & certain allergies”

How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay (Book 1) by Julia Alvarez A Yearling Book (Random House), 2001 Hardcover, 147 pages (w/ 2 page addition of a letter from the author, 2010) Juvenile Fiction, ages 8-11 Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, andContinue reading “How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay”

tia lola stories : the 4th

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Tia Lola Stories : Book 4) by Julia Alvarez Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 Hardcover, 147 pages, Juvenile Fiction (ages 7-10) Welcome to Tia Lola’s bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tía Lola is opening the doors of ColonelContinue reading “tia lola stories : the 4th”

the secret footprints

The Secret  Footprints by Julia Alvarez Illustrated by Fabian Negrin Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. That it was Alvarez caught my eye when the daughter and I were browsing the 398s. I had never heard of ciguapas, and now I am just flat out captivated by the idea of their existence. ***************** As a little girlContinue reading “the secret footprints”

Learning Tía Lola

How Tia Lola Learned to Teach: (Tia Lola Stories, Book 2.) by Julia Alvarez Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 134 pages (hardcover) Tía Lola has been invited to teach Spanish at her niece and nephew’s elementary school. But Miguel wants nothing to do with the arrangement. He hasn’t had an easy time adjusting to his newContinue reading “Learning Tía Lola”