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Esperanza's Abuela, her grandmother, is unmatched in her skill in weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She has shared her gift with her granddaughter, and now they plan to sell their goods at the market. However, the birthmark on Abuela's face may scare customers away. So Esperanza must cope with the city streets and find buyers alone. This touching story of personal growEsperanza's Abuela, her grandmother, is unmatched in her skill in weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She has shared her gift with her granddaughter, and now they plan to sell their goods at the market. However, the birthmark on Abuela's face may scare customers away. So Esperanza must cope with the city streets and find buyers alone. This touching story of personal growth and family pride is illustrated with authentic Guatemalan scenery that gives life to the country's radiant landscape and bustling city streets....

Title : Abuela's Weave
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ISBN : 9781880000205
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Abuela's Weave Reviews

  • Megan Knippenberg
    2019-04-07 17:05

    Beautifully illustrated story with references to Guatemalan heritage. References the clash between ancient tradition and modern civilization while paying homage to the art of weaving.

  • Andrea Galbusieri
    2019-04-02 19:18

    A beautiful story about a young girl who learns the traditional craft of her culture from her abuela. Esperanza is afraid that nobody will buy her homemade wares when everybody else in the market sells the perfect, machine made goods from the factories. She also thinks that people are too superstitious to buy from her abuela who has a prominent birthmark on her cheek ... A very thoughtful and beautifully illustrated portrait of Guatemalan culture for children and one of the first in Hispanic children's literature of the early 1990s.

  • Savannah
    2019-04-08 23:10

    This book about Esperanza and her abuela was one about family, tradition, and culture. It talked about how they wove intricate weaves of color from dawn until into the night to sell at the market. It talked about the hard work that they put in in order to make a little money for their family. The subject of handcraft goods versus machine-made goods was also brought up, and the problems that that caused Esperanza and her grandmother. I enjoyed this book because I like to learn about other cultures and the way of life in other countries. I think many children would enjoy this book because it is different than most books they usually read, and it has very colorful illustrations.

  • Rachel Erlandsen
    2019-03-20 23:06

    The most prominent theme within the book that I noticed right away was that of commitment. Both Esperanza and her grandmother are committed to making their fabrics and clothing by weaving, even though a lot of clothing is made within factories and not by hand. And Esperanza also shows commitment when she is unable to find a proper place within the market to hang all of her items. I think that this is a great book to read to young students, because it gives the message that hard work pays off in the long run. Another great element to the book is that it contains words in Spanish without providing immediate examples or definitions of what the words are. This would require the reader to utilize the context of the surrounding sentence or other words to figure out the meaning of the word in Spanish. This is a good skill for students to practice and perfect. This book also has very vibrant colors and beautiful pictures, which make it visually appealing.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-26 19:10

    Esperanze is helping her grandmother (who the locals consider a witch because of a birthmark on her face) weave various items to sell at the market in the upcoming month. The work from sunup past sundown. Abuela tells Esperanza that their work is special because it is handmade and tells the stories of their people. However, when the time comes, Abuela covers herself from head to toe in the event that her birthmark scares the superstitious customers away. Esperanza has to ride the bus to market alone, set up the booth, and sell the product without her grandma. The task is daunting but Esperanza does it, gaining some independence, and she is successful as the patrons are impressed by her gorgeous wares.Vivid illustrations.Grades 1-3.

  • Daisy Johnson
    2019-03-26 17:09

    Through Esparanza and her grand mother the author shows the beauty of Guatemalan culture and its harsh realities. the bright and vivid pictures show the complexity of weaving the hand made blankets that esperanza and her grandmother use to make a living.the pictures also show the city, markets, and overall way of life. this book shows the art of weaving being passed down to another generation but it also shows the effects of industrialization and machines. this is a very complex book that should be read and discussed as a class. I would recommend this book for 3rd grades or really advanced 2nd graders.

  • Esther
    2019-04-18 16:22

    I used this book for my 1st grade placement in learning about a different culture and their tapestries, similar to the ones the little girl and her abuela make in the story. They sew these beautiful tapestries by hand and sell them at the market. We talked about the country of Guatemala, where the story was set, and a couple of children who were born there shared a little bit about it. we then got to make "tapestries" of our own by cutting construction paper into strips and weaving it into a large square. The kids really enjoyed it and it was evident that they grasped and comprehended the story.

  • Chloe
    2019-03-27 19:32

    Abuela's Weave by Omer S. Castaneda is a story about compassion and kindness. A child is taught how to weave by her grandmother. Their skills give them the ability to sell their beautiful pieces. However, abuela is nervous to face customers due to her birthmark. Therefore; her granddaughter sets forth to sell their weaved goods all by herself. This story represents a willingness to do things for the ones you love and the sacrifices you make in order to please them. It is a beautifully illustrated story and written with love. This story is the perfect text to represent family and the importance of grandparents.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-01 17:03

    A story of build around trust and love. This book introduces children to the culture of Guatemala through the story of a little girl named Esperanza who tries to sell her grandmother's beautiful weaving (a mayan tapestry) at the public market with her grandmother. The illustrations portray the Guatemalan life-style and setting. Activity: Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story and in a few lines describe what is happening in the picture.Draw a picture of your two favorite characters in the story and in a few lines describe them.

  • Shannon Brasher
    2019-03-24 17:13

    Abuela's Weave is a nice story about the relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter. I would use this book in the classroom to give students a chance to read about another culture (Guatemala) and get a small glimpse of how people around the world live and believe differently than in America. It is also good to have literature in the classroom library representative of different cultures, so students of all backgrounds can have literature to connect with.

  • Kristy
    2019-03-28 19:16

    In this story, Esperanza helps her grandmother, or abuela, weave different items to sell at the market. Esperanza brings the blankets, skirts, and other items they handmade to the Guatemalan market in hopes of selling them. She is worried no one will buy the items, but is happy to find that all of the shoppers love what she and her abuela made!Publication Date: 1993Age/Grade level: Preschool to 2nd gradeFormat: Print Book

  • T. Denise
    2019-04-20 23:31

    This was the story about a young Guatemalan girl, Espersanza, who plans to go to the market to sell fabric she has loomed. She is worried that no one will purchase goods from her grandmother who has a birthmark, and that weaves made with machines will overshadow her authentic work.I thought that Castaneda did a nice job of showing the importance of culutral preservation- the shoppers are so interested and fascinated with her work that she sells out.

  • Jenna Arntz
    2019-04-15 00:24

    This book is about a little girl who lives in Guatemala with her grandmother. She and her grandmother make shirts and sell them once a month. The little girl has a birthmark that she is embarrassed about so she wears a giant cloak so that no one can see her. Eventually she realizes that no one is concerned about her birth mark and they still want to buy her shirts. This is a great book to read to learn about Guatemalan culture.

  • Judy
    2019-04-01 20:31

    I appreciate stories such as this more as I get older. So much is woven into the story, not only in the text, but also in the images, and in the contrasts (traditional vs modern, rural life vs city life). Here we learn about textiles, grandparent's roles, attitudes toward birth defects, Maya symbolism, and even a little about the countryside.

  • Alesha Harris
    2019-04-20 16:15

    This is a great book to use to teach about other cultures. This book teaches children about the culture of Guatemala. It talks about a little girl named Esperanza who want to sell her grandmother's beautiful weaving at the market. I would read this book to make children aware of other cultures different from their own.

  • Abby Ueding
    2019-04-04 19:31

    This is a beautiful Guatemalan book about a young girl that creates things made by looms to sell with her grandmother. It goes into some history of Guatemalan attire and would be a good teaching tool for learning about different cultures.

  • Cece
    2019-03-29 16:15

    This is a good book to read to students when discussing different cultures. I like the illustrations. Esperanza and her grandmother weave hupiles and tapestries to display at the Fiesta de Pueblos in Guatemala. Esperanza sells the items on by herself.

  • Jenna
    2019-03-28 00:25

    I absolutely loved the cultural content this story provides the reader. The Guatamalan culture is portrayed through clothing and traditions, which provides children with a great learning experience.

  • Kaitlyn Lawrence
    2019-04-17 22:08

    This book takes a look into the Guatemalan culture through the story of a little girl and her grandmother. This would be a good read to discuss different cultures and to compare how we are similar to or different from other cultures in our world.

  • Matt
    2019-03-29 23:12

    Abuela's Weave is a wonderful story about the relationship between a little girl and her grandma. Together them make traditional Mayan tapestries that they sell at the local market to make money. This would make for a great book to use when learn about other cultures and customs.

  • Cheryl Kays
    2019-04-18 22:27

    This is a story about the importance of family and tradition. Esperenza's grandmother makes beautiful tapestries but can't sell them on the street because of the birthmark on her face. So, Esperenza has to do so by herself.

  • Breana Fitzgerald
    2019-04-18 19:11

    This book is a Guatemalan book about a girl and her grandmother making and selling hand made materials with a loom. Great for class with kids who speak Spanish to show them a different culture with the same language.

  • Amber Pound
    2019-04-15 00:29

    In this book, a girl and her grandmother work together to weave items to sell at the market. Her grandma has a large birthmark on her face and is worried people will not buy from her and sends the granddaughter by herself, by the end the granddaughter encourages her to come anyway.

  • Amy Mcmullan
    2019-03-25 22:33

    A story of a Guatemalan girl (Esperanza) and her grandmother who weave beautiful handmade tapestries and sell them in the city, competing with machine made goods.

  • Mary Dye
    2019-04-04 18:04

    This was a very interesting book, but there are some things that happen within the book that are never explained which are kind of frustrating because I would like everything to be resolved.

  • MJ
    2019-04-13 16:14

    Alissa, Jaclyn and Sarah listened intently as I read to them during our homeschooling morning. They were excited about seeing the finished weaving. Alissa practiced balancing a basket on her head.

  • Christine
    2019-04-10 20:14

    About a grandma (abuela) and granddaughter from Guatemala. They weave beautiful tapestries.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-21 22:07

    a story about appreciating your ancestors a good story that shows multicultural connections

  • Amy
    2019-04-20 00:26

    Reading Rainbow: Mr. George Baker

  • Kelley Mcalhany
    2019-03-20 22:28

    Good book about working hard and family traditions.