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GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE / EL CHOCOLATE DE ABUELITA by Mara Price

GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE / EL CHOCOLATE DE ABUELITA

By Mara Price (Author) , Lisa Fields (Illustrator) , Gabriela Baeza Ventura (Translator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55885-587-8
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público

Sabrina’s much-loved grandmother’s latest visit from Mexico is filled with gifts and interesting tidbits about chocolate, Mayan culture and history. Musical instruments, a traditional blouse (huipil) and pretty ribbons to weave in her hair allow Sabrina to play, dress and feel like a Mayan princess. Sabrina is mostly intrigued by the chocolate bars, which come from the all-important cacao tree, the seeds of which were used by the Mayans in their religious observances, bartering practices and, of course, the making of hot and cold chocolate treats. A gentle, well-translated bilingual text infused with a wise and loving family elder’s teaching is accompanied by earthy, gouache paintings of a round-figured abuelita with her beautiful, Mayan-featured granddaughter. Loose, tan-colored drawings of ancient Mayan scenes are frequently juxtaposed against the full-color modern settings to emphasize Sabrina’s cultural heritage; when she and her abuelita go to the market, for instance, they are depicted straddling two worlds, a monochromatic ancient Mexico on the left, and a modern supermarket on the right. A sweet and loving way to introduce history through family connections. (Picture book. 5-9)