Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border By Mitali Perkins


Back of Book:
It’s almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico.
For the few minutes they can share together with along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven’t seen in years. But when Juan’s gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea.
Here is a heartwarming tale of families and the miracle of love.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this picture book from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in exchange for an honest review.
Mitali Perkins has written an emotional heartwarming fictional tale of two grandchildren who meet their Abuela at the border.  Maria and her brother Juan are eager to see their beloved Abuela and exchange Christmas gifts.  When Juan’s gift won’t make it to Abuela, Maria has an idea to send the gift over the border.
This is a beautiful story of family, culture, and tradition. I have never heard of the  La Posada Sin Fronteras and was excited to learn about this beautiful tradition. I loved the overall message of being respectful of all people no matter where they live. The illustrations by Sara Palacios are beautifully drawn and filled with promise. The back of the book has more information about the Las Posadas festival. This is a book that should be in every elementary library.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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