Mariana and Her Familia

Mariana and Her Familia
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October 04, 2022
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A heartwarming picture book about a young girl on her first trip to visit family in Mexico, who learns there is no language barrier when it comes to love—from debut author Mónica Mancillas and rising star illustrator Erika Meza. Perfect for fans of Where Are You From? and Mango, Abuela, and Me.
Mariana is visiting her abuelita and extended family in Mexico for the first time. Her tummy does a flip as she and Mami cross the frontera.

There are all new sights, smells, and sounds. And at Abuelita’s house, Mariana is overwhelmed by new faces and Spanish phrases she doesn’t understand.

But with a story, some kindness, and a few new words from Abuelita, Mariana discovers that the love of family knows no cultural divide.

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Love is more than words.
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When Mariana is taken to meet her extended family, she is overwhelmed by the amount of people in one house. Not only that, but she can't always understand what they're saying because her Spanish is a bit broken. She's intimidated by the predicament she finds herself in, but her grandmother will have none of that. Instead, she showers her with love and tries to teach her words and recipes. Soon, Mariana's fear drifts away and she finds herself smiling along with her family.

MARIANA AND HER FAMILIA is a heartfelt story that teaches children that love speaks from the heart and not even language barriers can stop it. The illustrations are painted in a unique style that goes between realistic and cartoon-like. I love how the reader learns a bit of Spanish along with Mariana. This story would be an endearing one to read during the holiday season or at a family get-together.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children in a multi-language household because it will help teach them that family goes beyond words. This would also be a great book for children to learn a bit about Spanish language and culture.
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