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Short Form (All Genres)

Your Name_______Xin Miao _______________________

Title: Abuela’s Weave Author: Omar S. Castañeda

Illustrator: Enrique O. Sanchez Publisher/Year: 1993

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summarize the content of the book –

A. For Fiction Form Genres—Explain the characters, the setting, theme and plot of the

Character: The main character is a girl named “Esperanza”, she lives in country
side in Guatemala, and she learns how to weave with her grandmother.
The supporting character is her grandmother, she is unmatched in her skill in
weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She shares her gift with her

Setting: Summer days in Esperanza’s house, backyard, on the bus, city market.

Theme: We need to work hard to succeed.

Plot: Esperanza works hard with her grandmother every day in her back
backyard (weaving), they plan to sell their goods at the city market. However,
the birthmark on her Abuela’s face may scare customer away. So, Esperanza
must go to the city market and find buyer alone. They have to take a bus and
then finally arrive in the city. Once Esperanza starts to hang up her work, people
start to look at the elaborate weavings, they think she makes amazing art
works. For very short time, she sells all of the items and promised they will
come back with new things by the following month. Her grandmother is very
proud of her.

Explain how the book appeals to children, their interests, developmental levels, fun
illustrations etc. Give specific examples from the book:

The book gives a lot of detail about life in Guatemala during that time. For
example, on the page 1-2, the illustration shows Esperanza and her
grandmother are weaving next to a big tree. Esperanza’s mother feds the
chickens and pigs behind the main thatch, and her father works in the farm.
There are also small animals around, like a little white dog, butterfly, ducks. This
page mostly covered with green and yellow, shows a very peaceful
environment. Nowadays, children may not have a lot of experience with this
kind of lifestyle, this book will give them a sense of what the country is like, and
what kind of real life over there.

Development level: Piaget Preoperational stage, age 2-7, children begin to

think of objects and people outside of their immediate environment. Esperanza
was kind of worried to go to the city market, because she knew she will deal
with some customers (which are not from her immediate environment).

Rate the book 3

Explain your rating.

This is an excellent story, it helps explain the tradition and cultural for the children. The
story shares a family’s creative expressions coming from their culture and history and
heart. The illustration shows their lifestyle lived in harmony with the earth.