(Aladdin, April 14, 2008)
ABUELITA LIVES in a land the color of sunset, with a soft white dog named Cristal, a yard full of friendly animal visitors, and a heart as big and as round as the entire world. Abuelita says, "The earth is enchanted here. La tierra esta encantada aqui." And indeed it is. Set in the American Southwest, this richly told and beautifully illustrated picture book pays tribute to family connections, family history, and community, and it shares one grandmother's heartfelt advice to her little granddaughter. "It is by reaching out to one another that we, too, create something beautiful to last throughout the ages."