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Rosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island? from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along the way Rosalba and her grandmother visit a busy fruit market, then cool off withRosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island? from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along the way Rosalba and her grandmother visit a busy fruit market, then cool off with a swim in the turquoise sea filled with colorful fish. Their magical trip is brought to life by Elisa Kleven's shimmering collage artwork."Dorros's language is rich and magical? readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises."? School Library Journal...

Title : Isla
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ISBN : 9780140565058
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Isla Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2018-09-29 16:44

    In this imaginative story, a little girl and her grandmother go on an adventure through storytelling as the grandmother tells of the Caribbean island where she grew up and they go to "visit" all the wonderful people and places there. While the storytelling didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped, I like the concept and the illustrations are very colorful and full of wonderful detail (though I think I preferred Kleven's work with the aligator characters in in "A Carousel Tale" among others)

  • Rachel Turner
    2018-10-11 12:35

    This book introduces readers to Latinx culture and can be a great book for Latinx children to read because it gives them an opportunity to read about someone like themselves and relate to the main character. The illustrations are arguably the best part of the book because they are so colorful, vibrant, and slightly chaotic which is very representative of Latinx culture. The pictures add as much to the experience of reading as the words do and I think that is unique for a children's book. I enjoyed the vibrancy and fun of this book and I think children will too, it is obvious that the illustrations were meant to be a focal point.

  • Kylie Matusiewicz
    2018-09-27 11:43

    This book is a very inclusive book! Many books read at the elementary age are geared towards the "middle America", this meaning it is written in English with not does not vary between cultures. Having this book include words in Spanish will broaden the minds of the children and they will stay tuned throughout the book because of the amazing illustrations as well as the colors that explode on each page.

  • Emma Clark
    2018-10-14 13:30

    Great way to introduce Spanish vocabulary to children. Colorful pictures have great detail that leaves lots of room for discussion about different cultures.

  • Melinda Garman
    2018-09-19 19:40

    This is a fiction story that is filled with colorful illustrations. It is written more for 3rd through 5th grade. The text is written in English, but incorporates many words in Spanish. Throughout the text they introduce new Spanish words, but never in a careless fashion. They introduce the Spanish text along with an explanation of what the word or saying means. There is even a glossary of terms in the back of the book which includes capitalized syllables to stress pronunciation so that the teacher and students can make sure they are saying them correctly. The main character is Rosalba and her grandmother, Abuela. The story features the subgroup of the Hispanic culture that reside on the Islands; however the book does not specify which island. Abuela takes Rosalba on a “trip” through stories to the place where she grew up and raised; la isla. They meet relatives, visit the rainforest, hear old stories of Abuela growing up, and visit the market and the harbor. Throughout the story Rosalba delights in the chance to share the island life with her grandmother. She learns that even with thousands of miles between them, she can feel close to her relatives on the Islands through stories. I choose this book because it reflects a particular subgroup of the Hispanic culture and is a great story that ELL students can relate to as many of them are thousands of miles from where their parents grew up. It also helps English speaking children to learn about this culture and learn some frequently used Spanish words, which is a great way to create culturally sensitive students, and allows all children to use their imagination.

  • Jessica Harden
    2018-10-01 14:27

    A beautiful book full of colorful illustrations, La Isla (Spanish for "The Island") is a fantasy story that involves a little girl and her Abuela (Grandma) going on an adventure when the Grandma tells the little girl a story. They fly to the island that the grandmother grew up on and explore the surrounding there. The little girl meets family members and experiences the life that her grandmother lived as she grew up on the island. After a fun day, they fly back home to New York. I believe children will find the book captivating, in regards to the colorful illustrations, easy-to-follow (yet fun) plot, and choice of language and writing style used. The characters, who are realistic people (who just happen to fly), are fun to follow as they embark on their nostalgic adventure. The story portrays the characters that they meet in a way that is not generalized, but in a way that captures the lifestyles of real people in that cultural group. I would recommend this book for elementary aged, ELL students, because it is a great starter book for introducing English vocab. :) I'm a fan of the book.Note: The book is, in a way, a sequel to Arthur Dorros' Abuela in regards to the plot. However, it is its opposite in a sense that La Isla is bilingual with majority Spanish text with a few English vocabulary sprinkled in.

  • Julia Somer
    2018-09-27 16:32

    This book is about a young girl, Rosalba, and her grandmother, Abuela, who is sharing memories of her home. Abuela is from an island called Isla. Rosalba feels disconnected from her family’s culture. Through storytelling and learning their native language, Spanish, she begins to feel connected. Rosalba says she wishes she could visit the island, but her Abuela reminds her that through speaking their language and remembering Isla, they can carry on the tradition of their family.This book spreads the message that language is the passageway to their culture. This is an interesting story, but there is not really a problem/resolution or a rich storyline. The illustrations were vibrant and eye-catching. The language in this story is not very complex. They would say a word in Spanish, then explain what it meant in English. It does teach you a few words, however, and there is a glossary in the back of the book. Although it is lacking in depth, this story gives you an inside look at how families use language to connect with their home cultures.

  • Kallie Krammes
    2018-09-20 11:40

    This book was great. It includes Spanish and English words which ties the story of two cultures and languages together. This would be great for a class that has Hispanic students and Spanish speakers in it because they would feel like their language is incorporated in the lesson and it would show the smoothness of the two languages coming together. I believe this would be great for a diversity lesson or a glimpse into a new culture. Also utilizing some new Spanish words could help all the kids feel togetherness.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-29 18:37

    This book is a great book and could he a challenging book because of the few Spanish words it has in it. You could use this in a lesson when talking about different languages around the world. When reading the book you could ask the students to guess what the Spanish word is before you continue reading. It could also be used when talking about how life was different back when our grandparents were younger compared to today.

  • Angela
    2018-10-09 12:30

    This is a great English book that incorporates some Spanish into the text. The Spanish is introduced in a way to help English speakers learn the vocabulary. It also gives a good connection point for ELLs because they may already know and use some of the words included in the book. The illustrations are bright and colorful, so I would use them to develop some great descriptor words (adjectives) in both English and Spanish for the students.

  • Kristin Hamrock
    2018-10-18 19:39

    This is another story about Rosalba and her grandmother. This time, we go on a journey to abuela's home country, a Carribbean island, where we meet her relatives through her eyes. We are shown places of significance on this imaginative ride around the isla. Spanish phrases are incorporated, helping students who are trying to learn the language.

  • Megan MacDonald
    2018-10-04 14:52

    This story is about another adventure with Rosalba and her grandmother. Rosalba is imagining a trip to the Caribbean island where her abuela is from. She imagines spending time with her relatives and visiting the beautiful rainforest. This story shows the importance of knowing your family history and past and loving your family heritage.

  • Scott Roark
    2018-10-13 19:51

    Imagination abound in this story of a girl and her grandmother "fly" to the island where she grew up. Many Spanish terms are used in the book which is a great bridge for ELL students. Good book to use for text-to-self connections. Children could write a short story of where they would go with a family member and discuss unique items from there. Illustrations are made with vibrant colors.

  • Garrett Ellis
    2018-10-19 14:26

    A book about a young girl and her grandmother who use their imagination to travel to the island or isla her grandmother grew up on! A great book that incorporates some Spanish words and would be a great book to have in the classroom for ESL students!

  • Liliana
    2018-10-19 16:45

    Wonderful family book to read to children about using your imagination. In this book, the girl uses her imagination to visit where her mom grew up. On the her journey, she visits lots of family members.

  • Deanna
    2018-10-05 17:45

    I love this because a certain Caribbean island is very close to my own heart. It is important to me that my children feel connected to their own ancestors who lived in the Caribbean and spoke Spanish.

  • Helen Kumpel
    2018-10-08 16:36

    This book is for: ESOL, 3-5Science: IslandsReflection:This is a great book about introducing Spanish vocabulary. Lots of vibrant illustrations about island life and culture. Students can see how the Spanish vocabulary pairs with the English words and make connections with the pictures.

  • MJ
    2018-10-11 19:37

    Alissa enjoyed the scene in the water when everyone is floating.

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2018-09-30 11:29

    What a DELIGHTFUL book!!! I enjoy the story, but even more I love the artwork of Elisa Kleven!

  • Nicole
    2018-10-03 15:29

    I adore the illustrations and love how Spanish and English are blended easily-with a glossary at the back!

  • Vee
    2018-09-22 17:32

    Reminds me of Flotando En La Cancion de Mama.

  • Mochapelt
    2018-10-05 19:29

    we loved reading this book!!

  • Yamile Méndez
    2018-10-16 15:23

    A family favorite!

  • Amy
    2018-10-01 16:52

    Reading Rainbow: My Little Island

  • Grayson Burke
    2018-09-30 13:35

    I liked this book. I think its the perfect mix of children book while including multicultural aspects. 1st grade and up