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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

A Dolly Parton 2016 Imagination Library program selection



From Elisa:

To hear a bit of back story about my work on ABUELA, click on this link to the Teaching Books website:


Abuela puzzle

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.



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.


“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

ABUELA is travelling the country, visiting children's museums in a show featuring seven classic  picture books.  

Storyland - A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a 2,500 sq. foot, bilingual, traveling children’s exhibit focusing on literacy, was made up of of seven children’s book areas:  The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day, Abuela, Where’s Spot?, Tuesday, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - each with unique learning components.

A photo of a beautiful quilt, 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.  

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