Nana and Abuela
Author Monica Rojas
Illustrator Emiko Rainbow
Minnesota Historical Society Press (March 2023)
As Luna and her grandmothers embark on a fun evening of food and stories and laughter, a language kerfuffle threatens to spoil their time together.
Luna lives with her two grown-ups in a small home next to a river. She has "two pets, two pillows on her bed, and two languages in her head."
Luna also has two grandmothers: Nana and Abuela. They are her two favorite people, and they are very different from each other. When her grown-ups are away, Nana and Abuela visit for a "date night" with Luna. Together they plan a delicious meal: pizza with olives.
But when Luna adds something to the menu, she blends her Spanish and her English. Her request for this special treat confuses her grandmothers. They ask, "¿Luna, qué dijiste?" and "Luna, what are you saying?" As the three of them work together to understand each other, Abuela and Nana offer comfort, each in their own way, and Luna figures out how to make herself heard.
In Nana and Abuela, Monica Rojas recounts a story from her own childhood, while Emiko Rainbow's playful artistry brings Luna's world to vibrant life. This bilingual story about love and listening celebrates relationships and communication—and what young and old alike can learn from spending time with our favorite people.
Monica Rojas has lived on both sides of the Mississippi River, but she currently lives in Minneapolis with her wife and two kiddos. She can often be found stoop-sitting and befriending local librarians. This is her first picture book.
Emiko Rainbow is a Japanese American illustrator. She was called to the arts at a young age, and she followed her creative passions that led to an illustration BFA. She runs a successful and multifaceted freelance business creating art celebrating authenticity and diversity. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
- Ages 3-7
- 32 pages
- Fully Illustrated
- 10 x 10 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-68134-254-2
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