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Esperanza's Abuela, her grandmother, is unmatched in her skill in weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She has shared her gift with her granddaughter, and now they plan to sell their goods at the market. However, the birthmark on Abuela's face may scare customers away. So Esperanza must cope with the city streets and find buyers alone. This touching story of personal growth and family pride is illustrated with authentic Guatemalan scenery that gives life to the country's radiant landscape and bustling city streets.

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ISBN-13: 9781880000205
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 152,239
Product dimensions: 7.79(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 9 Years

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Abuela's Weave 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kmacphee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ESL classroom use: introduction to S. American cultures, grammar.
awiltenburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet story about a Guatemalan grandma teaching her granddaughter to weave for the purpose of selling wares at the market. The pictures were very folk-tale like and Spanish folk art looking. It was a too long for young readers.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story set in Guatemala, Esperanza and her grandmother still weave their wares by hand while most families have switched to commercial made fabrics. Esperanza and her grandma are working on a special project for the upcoming fiesta market. When they go to the village, though, Abuela wraps herself up in a black cloak and walks far behind Esperanza - the year before, people had been wary of her birthmark, and she doesn't want to scare away sales. Esperanza is on her own.Frightened and overwhelmed by all the factory made goods, she is sure no one will even notice her. But when she hangs their special project - a beautiful tapestry depicting the history of Guatemala - the villagers do notice, and flock around her. Soon, all her goods are sold, with promises made to bring more next weekend. Two aspects of this picture book are striking. One is the use of beautiful illustrations. The varied colors of every picture reflect the vivid tapestries, and in every drawing are Guatemalan inspired symbols that are worked in to the page in various ways. The second thing that captivated me was the subtle message of the story. Abuela hides herself from the world because of her stigma, her birthmark that some call witch craft, and this separates her from her family. At the end of this tale, as the people warm up to Esperanza, Abuela quietly rejoins her granddaughter and removes her cloak. Though the author does not mention this in the text, the story itself and the drawings indicate that people are learning to look beneath the surface and accept Abuela, just as they are accepting these exquisitely made tapestries. A lovely message in a lovely story.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great narrative about bonding moments and life lessons learned from grandmother to granddaughter. This book is a great book when teaching a class about hispanic culture and broadening their horizon on cultural diversity.
whitnihatfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a young girl and her grandmother. It starts with them working together to make a wonderful blanket. The granddaughter had to go to the market in Guatamala alone, and sell the items her grandmother and she worked very hard on. She was worried that her family's items wouuld not sell compared to the machine made merchandise, but it does. This is a neat story about the relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter. It also shows the importance of family tradition and the wonderful things that can be done when you work hard. It is a fun story about the market places of Guatamala too. I could go over this story before a Social Studies unit for different areas of the world. It would be neat to have the kids compare this story to something their family does, whatever traditions they have in their family, or their family history. It would be fun to see what the different students had to say.