Written by Arthur Dorros,
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven 
Dutton Children's Books, 1991

A little girl and her grandmother take an imaginary flying 
journey around New York City. 


In English with Spanish phrases and glossary.


A Dolly Parton 2016 Imagination Library program selection
ALA Notable Book
Parent’s Choice Award for Illustration 
Reading Rainbow Book 
A Book Links Best Book
A Boston Globe Best Book

Horn Book Fanfare selection


“Each illustration is a masterpiece of color, line, 
and form that will mesmerize youngsters. These 
are pages to be studied again and again...this 
book is a jewel.”
 -- starred, Booklist


“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.”
 --starred, Horn Book

“Books like the charming ABUELA make children 
dream...It’s just joyful. I wish I could fly.” 
 --Molly Ivins, New York Times


To hear a bit of back story about my work on 

ABUELA, click on this link to the 

Teaching Books website:



ABUELA is travelling the country , visiting children's museums 

in a show featuring seven classic  picture books.  





Storyland -A Trip Through Childhood Favorites
• 2500 sq. foot, bilingual, traveling children’s exhibit focused on literacy, 
and early literacy learning practices.
• Consists of seven children’s book areas, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Snowy 
Day, Where’s Spot?, Abuela, Tuesday, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, and 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, each with unique learning components.
• Exhibit also functions to teach adult caretakers how to use these early 
literacy practices outside of the museum to prepare children to read, 
starting at birth.

I love these dolls from ABUELA. The little Abuela was given to me at a school visit, the big Abuela  was made  by master puppet maker and children's

librarian extraordinaire Kim Faurot, and Rosalba is a product of Merrymakers, which brings children's book characters to soft, cuddly life.


A photo of the beautiful quilt below, based on ABUELA (and SUN BREAD, too -- Baker Dog can be seen at the bottom)  was emailed to me several years ago. Alas, I can't find the email with the artist's name, but I love the quilt.  

Abuela puzzle