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Mango, Abuela, and Me

Last updated Saturday, February 4, 2017

Author: Meg Medina
Illustrator: Angela Dominguez
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0763669008
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2017

Synopsis: Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfect idea for how to help them all communicate a little better.

Note to readers:
•  There are a few Spanish words in this story. If you are unsure about the pronunciation, you might want to check with other volunteers before the reading clubs start.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who is Mango?
•  Who are the other people on the cover?
•  Have you ever seen a parrot? Do you know anyone with a parrot for a pet?
•  Do you have any pets?


•  poquito - little

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who is Edmund?
•  Who is "Tu abuelo"? (Mia's grandfather)
•  How did the kids in class help their new classmate Kim?
•  Why did Abuela and Mia name the parrot Mango? (he is green, orange, and gold, like the fruit)
•  How did Mango learn so many words?
•  What are some things you could do to help someone learn a new language?

Craft ideas:
•  Make some word cards. Draw a picture, such as a parrot and write the English and Spanish words on the other side of the card.
•  Make a parrot puppet using a paper bag. Add lots of colorful feathers using scrap paper.
•  Check our February craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!