How Will I Talk to Abuela? is the story of 5 year-old David who is excited to meet his grandmother (Abuela). The problem: Abuela speaks mostly Spanish and David speaks only English. In the end, David discovers that strong family bonds can transcend language barriers. How do I talk to Abuela? depicts the affectionate, playful and loving interactions of Mamá had with ALL her grandchildren in California, Texas, and Ohio. For creative purposes, the prototype family in the story borrows loosely from interactions with biracial grandchildren in Ohio, particularly my sister, Herminia's (Minnie) family. Although, there is a David Hubbard in the family, the story is not about Davis per se. The Character, David, is a composite of all the grandchildren and serves to illustrate my mother's typical interactions with them. Mama made a strong effort to get to know ALL her grandchildren and to interact with them on the assumption that "love needs no translation."
From Amazon.com 5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 spoke to each other in love. Somehow they seemed to understand each other
"This book actually took me back to 1994 when I took my little girls to Zimbabwe and watched the purity of their relationship with my mum and how without speaking the same language, spoke to each other in love. Somehow they seemed to understand each other. It is like kids from different backgrounds playing together. The book also says it is OK to have a dark skinned parent and a light skinned one. To come from different countries and still fall in love and make a good family. We can all relate in love regardless of our background. I really enjoyed this book. I am taking it to my grandkids in Zimbabwe. It will be fun for them to learn a few Spanish words too. I will tell them "gogo" is "abuela " in Spanish."