The Resource Elena's story, Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas

Elena's story, Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas

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Elena's story
Title
Elena's story
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas
Title variation
Elenas story
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Elena lives with her mother and siblings in a small village in Guatemala and tries to make time to improve her reading as she helps her mother with daily chores"--Provided by the publisher
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Tone
Review
  • Grades K-2 A young girl relates her hardships in learning to read, primarily because of where she lives in western Guatemala with her mother, younger brother, and baby sister while her father is away working on a plantation. Family chores make it difficult for Elena to find time to practice reading as she must help her mother with cooking, planting, weeding, and keeping her young brother from mischief. The plot, however, focuses more on establishing the culture than on the story. Along with other obstacles, Elena faces a language barrier: her mother speaks Mayan and can’t read, while her father speaks the Spanish his daughter is learning in school. Rodanas’ folksy full-page illustrations are richly colored and add plenty of cultural details, though without a stronger narrative, the story sometimes strays into purposeful territory. This entry in the Tales of the World series features a glossary of five Spanish words and an author’s note that cites how the book is fiction but was inspired by a visit to her daughter in the Peace Corps. -- Cummins, Julie (Reviewed 11-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 5)
  • K-Gr 2 — Shaw takes readers through the daily activities of a young Guatemalan girl. Elena rises early and dresses in colorful traditional clothing: "The huipil [blouse] is as red as a bursting tomato. The corte [skirt] is blue-black like the beginning of night." Elena has not been able to finish her homework because candles are too expensive; she must watch her younger brother, who finds ways of getting into trouble at every turn; and she is conflicted about handling her numerous chores while trying to keep up in school. Eventually her mother realizes that success in school is worth the price of candles. The author describes the child's worries with empathy and concern that should connect with readers even if theirs are different. While the watercolor illustrations tend to be a bit murky, they are well researched and authentically depict the landscape, clothing, and architecture. There is little on the culture of Guatemala available for young children, and this is a serviceable addition.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ --Grace Oliff (Reviewed December 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 12, p99)
  • (The following is a combined review for ELENA&#39 and S STORY)Elena narrates this touching story set in Guatemala, about a girl's longing for education. She lives with her mother and younger siblings in a rural village while the father of the family works far away. Elena attends school and is trying to learn to read in Spanish, but she finds it hard to find time to practice reading when she needs to help her mother with cooking, child care and gardening. Candles are scarce as well, so Elena is frustrated with her lack of time to study her books. She solves her problem by reading out loud to her mischievous younger brother, keeping him occupied and practicing her reading at the same time. Her mother realizes that Elena's reading could help the whole family, so she approves Elena's use of candles for her reading at night. A large trim size shows off the vibrant illustrations with engaging characters and authentic details in clothing and backgrounds, researched by the author in her travels to Guatemala. There are several foreign terms used in the story, and although they are defined in the glossary, it is unclear to the reader whether these terms are Spanish or Mam, Elena's native Mayan language. Useful for students learning about life in other countries, and an entertaining story in its own right. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10153628
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shaw, Nancy
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Rodanas, Kristina
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Tales of the world from Sleeping Bear Press
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Reading
  • Families
  • Guatemala
  • Reading
  • Family life
  • Mayas
  • Indians of Central America
  • Guatemala
  • Families
  • Reading
  • Guatemala
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Elena's story, Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn781555959
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781585365289
Lccn
2012005761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)781555959
Label
Elena's story, Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn781555959
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781585365289
Lccn
2012005761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)781555959

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