As the school year kicks off, many classrooms are highlighting small-moment stories. Abuelita and I Make Flan by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom is perfect as a mentor text for personal narratives, as an interactive read aloud, and/or as an addition to classroom and home libraries.
This lovely picture book honors multi-generational families and Cuban-American traditions. Anita is helping her Abuelita make flan for Abuelo’s birthday, but she accidentally breaks the special flan serving dish from Cuba. Readers follow Anita as she helps Abuelita bake, all while keeping the secret of the broken plate. When Anita finally comes clean, she finds an alternative solution that celebrates her relationship with her grandparents. This book is lovely and will serve as a great touchstone for students to talk about their own cultural relationships with food and with family. It also serves as a great conversation starter for social-emotional learning: Who do we go to when we make a mistake? Just released in August, this beautiful book is sure to be a hit in classrooms and homes.
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