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Book Title: Cuando Tia Lola Vino de Visita a Quedarse|
The author of the book: Julia Alvarez
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: June 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780613832793
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Format files: PDF
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Tia Lola is visiting her family in Vermont--Mami, Miguel and Juanita and quickly captures your heart! She will make you wish that she was your aunt. We take a journey with the young boy, Miguel trying to cope with his parents lingering divorce as well as coping with moving from the hustle and bustle of New York to the quieter, slower paced life of Vermont. The author, Julia Alvarez, does a great job documenting Miguel's growing comfort with his aunt.
I love how the book was written in English and had Spanish phrases mixed in. Alvarez would have the Spanish phrase and then the English directly following it. I believe this way of writing added to the authenticity of the plot and made Tia Lola's character more realistic.
I love hoe Alvarez also incorporated real life issues into the text--divorce, moving, making new friends, feeling "different", etc. She did so in a beautiful manner that did not harp on the negative issues facing Miguel and Juanita. I love how the text ends on such a positive note and Miguel grows comfortable with his identity as a young Latin American man. I won't spoil the ending, but I love seeing the intersectionality his identities--being American as well as Dominican!
This would be a great book to use as a read aloud in upper elementary grades. I could even see this text being used to start discussion or starters for writing prompts. Some key messages that teachers could emphasize or turn into further lessons are how Miguel became more comfortable and less embarrassed of his aunt, how it feels when you have to move to a different environment or cope with a divorce. This book could also spark conversation about being comfortable in our own skin and being proud of our stories and the things we go through to make us who we are.
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Read information about the authorJulia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.
She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach local farmers and their families how to read and write.
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