Abuelita and I Make Flan

Charlesbridge. Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781623542658.
K-Gr 2–Anita helps Abuelita make a special flan for Abuelo’s birthday in this lovely picture book filled with family and love. Anita is Abuelita’s special helper, and as they prepare to make flan, Anita grabs the special glass plate that it will go on, but it falls to the ground and shatters. While they make the flan, the grandmother shares special stories and remembers her time in Cuba. The flan is almost done, and Anita must confess the plate is broken—but Abuelita knows just what to say. Sweet, expressive illustrations welcome young readers to join Anita and her family in their cozy home full of love and memories. The concise text sprinkled with Spanish words perfectly conveys Anita’s thoughts and feelings, and the conversations between family members are full of love and support. A recipe for cheese flan, page of translations, and photos of the author’s family accompany the text.
VERDICT A warm celebration of family and traditions, this title is a wonderful addition to picture book collections for children.

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