Mango, Abuela, and Me

Book Summary: 

Mia’s grandmother comes to visit and soon realizes she cannot properly communicate with her granddaughter. Mia finds creative ways to assist her grandma in learning English. Throughout the book Mia helps Abuela in many different forms. At the end, Mia and Abuela are able to communicate with one another speaking in Spanish and English.

 
Year: 
2015
Author: 
Meg Medina
Illustrator: 
Angela Dominguez
Publisher: 
Candlewick Press
Guiding Question: 

Have you ever had to help someone learn a new concept? If so, how did you help them? Did you have any difficulties or have to try different methods?

 
Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- Sometimes you have to accommodate for language differences between yourself and the individuals around you.

Empathy- How would you feel if you could not communicate with someone in your family or in your community?  Describe how you think Mia feels when she tries to talk to her abuela and she is not understood.

Advocacy- Try to find ways that you can help those around you understand what you are saying.

Action- Are there people that do not speak your first language that you can help practice or learn your language?
 

Reviewed by Emily Wilson, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate