Love, Amalia

Love, Amalia

For Ages: 8 - 12
A young girl’s discovery of her cultural heritage helps her lovingly cope with loss in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta.

Amalia’s best friend Martha is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia’s abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards.
     But when another loss racks Amalia’s life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near?
     From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl’s transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.

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Sobre el libro

Martha, la mejor amiga de Amalia se va a mudar a otro estado y Amalia se siente triste y enojada. Sin embargo, aunque la vida parece injusta, las sabias palabras de su abuelita la ayudan a sentirse algo mejor. Amalia disfruta mucho el tiempo que comparte con su abuela: cocinando, escuchando música y oyendo cuentos, aprendiendo y mirando las tarjetas que su abuela guarda en una caja como un tesoro. Y la relación con su abuela le sirve de consuelo.

Pero cuando Amalia tiene que enfrentarse a otra pérdida, que cambia por completo su vida, nada tiene sentido. En medio de su dolor, ¿podrá Amalia darse cuenta de que es una persona muy especial, aun si las personas a quienes ama ya no están cerca?

Este relato de la transformación de una niña como resultado del dolor y el amor escrito por autores altamente reconocidos en la literatura hispánica ha sido publicado en español y en inglés.

Preguntas para el diálogo

1. Al comienzo del libro, la abuelita de Amalia le dice: “—Estás muy callada, hijita. Dime lo que te preocupa.” Reflexiona sobre la capacidad de la abuelita para darse cuenta de que Amalia está triste. ¿Qué puede deducirse de la relación entre el see more

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About the Authors

Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.

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Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Love, Amalia and Dancing Home with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at GabrielMZubizarreta.com.

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