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About the Author

Meg Medina is the author of the middle-grade novel Milagros: Girl from Away. The idea for her first picture book began with the true story of her family’s first car. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Claudio Muñoz is an award-winning illustrator who has worked for many newspapers and magazines as well as illustrating several children’s books. Born in Chile, he now lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763641561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763641566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS Fiction winner for her young adult novel, YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR.

Meg's other books are THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND, a 2012 Bank Street Best Book and CBI Recommended Read in the UK; and MILAGROS: GIRL FROM AWAY, now available as an Amazon e-book.

Meg's work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America.

When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

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Illustrations were bright and wonderful!
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This is a story that all ages will love from children to adults because of it's beautiful illustrations and it's wonderful message.
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It is a story of hopes, dreams and hard work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tía Isa knows what she wants, and she works hard to get it. Tía Isa wants a green car with wings so she can drive to the beach, and she has been saving all she can from her work at the bakery. Putting aside such a large amount, though, is difficult when half of her savings gets sent back home to help her family. Fortunately, Tía Isa's niece is just as money savvy as her aunt, and together with her charm and good will, manages to take on several small jobs in the neighborhood. Will their combined efforts suffice to accumulate enough funds for that dream car?

While numerous picture books have addressed the topic of saving, Tía Isa Wants a Car stands apart with its additional focus on immigration and remittances. Reflecting the economic reality of numerous Latinas in the United States, Tía Isa immigrated to the U.S. but still sends money home to support her family. The expressive illustrations and inclusion of Spanish dialogue add to the book's appeal and make it an excellent addition to any collection of picture books with substantive content.
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Format: Hardcover
Tia Isa has one wish other than being reunited with her family far away, to have a car that will carry them to the beach. Money is tight though and much of her savings must go to her family back home. When her niece sees the difference between what Tia Isa has and what she needs she decides it's time for her to help. In no time they have the car Tia Isa dreamed of and a perfect day at the beach.

This is a story that all ages will love from children to adults because of it's beautiful illustrations and it's wonderful message. Being a "car girl" myself, I absolutely related to Tia Isa. One of the things I prided myself on when I was younger was owning my very own car that I paid for entirely on my own. It took a great deal of work and steady long hours at a job I wasn't always incredibly fond of, but my car was something that made it all worth it.

For Tia Isa and her niece, the car is not only a source of pride after long hours of work, but also a symbol of freedom. Freedom to drive where they choose and freedom to have the opportunity to purchase the car in the first place. I think that's the thing that continually surprises me about reading children's books, is that they have so many themes and opportunities to learn. In Tia Isa Wants A Car it's not only a wonderful message about the value of a good work ethic, but also about appreciating the freedoms we have and learning to value those around us.

Meg Medina has shared a seemingly simple story of a girl with a longing for a car of her own, but in the process has created a beautiful life from which we can learn so much from as adults & children. Tia Isa Wants A Car is a story about freedom, work ethic, sharing, kindness, joy and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is great and is also published in Spanish, which was a bit hard to find for some reason. It isn't very popular for some reason but is here on Amazon as 9780763661298, Tia Isa Quierre Un Carro!!!! Wonderful!
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By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tia Isa wants a car but she does not have enough money. Her niece finds many ways to make money and give it to her aunt. Together the two have enough to buy an old, big car, a car big enough to hold the entire family when they are all reunited again in the United States.

"Tia Isa wants a car.

She tells me after work when she still smells of lemon pies from the bakery.

She is turning the jump rope that's tied to the fence and I am already up to twenty.

`Un pisicorre,' she says, `to take us to the beach!'

`Really? The beach' I can't catch my breath.

No one goes far from my block in the summer. But a beach has foamy water that reaches all the places I cannot go.

`Si, really. Let's save.'
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