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From Publishers Weekly

Through this affectionate and revealing portrait of a bilingual girl's weekend visits to her two sets of grandparents, Ada (Where the Flame Trees Bloom) and Savadier (A Bedtime Story) prove that straddling two worlds can be a blessing rather than a hardship. The left of each spread depicts the narrator spending Saturdays with her paternal grandparents, with whom she speaks English; on the right, she passes los domingos (Sundays) with her Mexican-American Abuelito and Abuelita and converses in Spanish. The situations in the two households share enough similarities that readers can extrapolate the meaning of the Spanish words in context. For instance, on one spread, the colors of the balloons her paternal grandparents give her also appear in the kite that her Abuelito makes for her. Each pairing makes for a loving comparison and contrast, enlivened by Savadier's graceful, warm-toned watercolor spot illustrations. At book's end, both sets of grandparents coordinate a cooperative gift for the girl's birthday. The balance tips slightly in Abuelito and Abuelita's favor, in terms of fun and exoticism (e.g., Grandpa and Grandma watch a video about the circus while the Mexican-American grandparents "take me to a real circus"). Youngsters, however, will come away with the idea that this girl is very lucky to have four such interesting people who love her. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-A little girl recounts the joy of her weekends, Saturdays spent with her Euro-American Grandma and Grandpa and Sundays (los domingos) with Abuelito and Abuelita, her Mexican-American grandparents. She does different things in each place and goes on different outings: off to the circus, to the pier, out floating balloons or flying kites. She hears different stories that reflect her grandparents' heritages. However, on her birthday, it is clear that both sets of relatives are united in their love of their granddaughter. Lively, childlike prose that integrates Spanish words flawlessly and understandably makes this a winner for storytimes. Savadier's watercolor cartoon illustrations are bright, clear, and stylistically reminiscent of Lillian Hoban's work. Paired with books like Carmen Santiago Nodar's Abuelita's Paradise (Albert Whitman, 1992), or even such old standbys as Helen Buckley's Grandfather and I (Lothrop, 1994), this book will make a strong statement about cultural diversity and the universality of love.

Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068987409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689874093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A bright, beautiful little girl shares her pride in her Latin heritage. She describes the time she enjoys with both sets of grandparents and the excursions she takes with them. I like the way the young protagonist is so well loved that readers feel as if they are being drawn into a loving vortex.
I love the way Spanish words are included in this story and descriptions of Latin celebrations. This is a book to be savored and shared with others. The characters are very appealing and there is a sharing of cultural information and ideas. This is an excellent teaching tool. This book is for everyone. I heartily and happily recommend this book.
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My family is Mexican and my in-laws are European. This is a great way for me to help introduce the different cultures to my daughter as she grows up and has different experiences with her different grandparents. Also a great way to introduce Spanish in a full and beautifully illustrated book.
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This book is fantastic for discussing multicultural issues. I am a German while my husband is Mexican. We have raised 4 lovely and very accepting girls. Our grandchildren are now old enough to understand the issues of a multicultural family. This book is a MUST.

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Me encantan los Saturdays y los domingos (Spanish Edition)
I Love Saturdays y domingos
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"I Love Saturdays y domingos" is one of the few children's book on the market that integrates two different cultures. In this book, a little girl spends Saturdays with her father's parents. The grandfather comes from Europe and the grandmother comes from California. On Sundays, the girl spends time with her mother's parents: abuelito (grandfather), who comes from Mexico and abuelita (grandmother), who is Native American.

Throughout the story, the little girl learns about her family's cultures. The little girl and two sets of grandparents play with animals, watch movies, go to the circus and do other things that families love to do. At the end of the story, they all come together for her birthday party.

Those who speak/read little or no Spanish may have difficulty with the Spanish text. The book does not offer pronunciation keys or meanings to the words. Although some of the words written in Spanish may be explained in the adjoining page when the girl visits her English-speaking relatives.

This book may be more appropriate for families familiar with both cultures or for children who are just beginning to learn about the Latin American culture.
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This book was great because my kids could identify with the cultures of both sets of grandparents.
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Love this wonderful children's book about grandparents of two cultures....perfect gift for my niece and family... book arrived quickly and in perfect condition...great purchase from Amazon! Kathleen
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I really enjoyed reading, I Love Saturdays Y Domingos to my three grandchildren. It is a beautifully illustrated book and it is one of my grandkids favorites.
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Since my daughter is half white, half Mexican, I thought a book about a little girl spending time with her two sets of loving grandparents from different cultural backgrounds would be perfect for her, and the book got great reviews so I ordered it. However, when I read it I was shocked by how blatantly the book favored the Mexican grandparents. White grandma and grandpa watch a "VCR tape" about the circus, while Abuelito y Abuelita take the child to the zoo. Grandpa has a fish tank, but Abuelito takes her fishing. Grandma collects owl figurines, while Abuelita has live chickens that have just hatched baby chicks. Page after page, this book makes the white grandparents seem like somewhat pathetic elderly people, and the Mexican grandparents are fun-loving and energetic. In summary, I think this is a sweet idea for a book, but horribly written, and I would never expose my daughter to these messages.
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