[EBOOK / KINDLE] Tortilla Sun By Jennifer Cervantes
Mexico to stay with her nana She is not thrilled about this However when she arrives she feels like she has stepped out of a time capsule into her nana s village During her stay there she learns to make tortillas while she learns about the father she never met and her mother won t talk about Her time there teachers her what family is all about and how love endures even when someone is gone This was a wonderful book and one I am proud to recommend to my school and have on my shelves If you read this book have a box of tissues ready I plan on posting a longer review but want to think about this a little I will say that I loved having a story featured around Latino characters and celebrating the Latino heritage and culture I would like to use this as a read aloud with my fifth graders this year Very powerful messageSee my full review on This was a sweet book about a twelve year old girl Izzy who spends the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico while her mother finishes her studies While she is there she becomes immersed in the Mexican culture that her mother had surpressed out of grief after the death of her husband Izzy searches for answers about her father s death and she may find them if she can find the voice in the windI m always looking for books with Latino culture and was very happy to have found this one There is lots of language food tradition folklore and even superstition that really make the reader feel that the have traveled to New Mexico This will be a great addition to my elementary school library Izzy and her mother have moved times than she wants to remember She s just getting settled again when her mom announces she s received a research grant to study in Costa Ric I love when a new storytelling talent creates such a beautiful first novel that we re left wondering how they could have possibly been the one behind it As soon as I spotted Tortilla Sun on bookstore shelves in 2010 I instinctively identified it as a contender for the Newbery awards The book s aura was magical and the description on the book jacket promised a powerful story if the author executed it well Jennifer Cervantes s ability to come. Dscape of watermelon mountains whispering winds and tortilla suns Infused with the flavor of the southwest and sprinkled with just a pinch of magic this heartfelt middle grade debut is as rich and satisfying as Nana's homemade enchiladas.
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EBOOK / KINDLE Tortilla Sun By Jennifer Cervantes
Izzy s mom is distant and they move a lot Her dad died before she was born So when her mother gets a chance to study in Costa Rica for the summer and sends Izzy to live with her grandmother in New Mexico she finally gets a chance to find out about her mother s past and it sheds a great deal of light on who she is and how she lives Her grandmother is warm and open and Izzy uickly falls into life in their small Latino comm Izzy is preparing to settle into a new apartment for the summer She is going through a box one morning and sees a baseball that must have belonged to her father Her mom just cannot face her husband s death even after 12 years and hides the ball Now really curious Izzy finds and stashes the ball so her mom won t see it Unexpectedly a grant comes through for Mom to study in Costa Rica and Izzy must go visit her Nana in New Mexico Izzy really does not want to do this but is given no choice in the matter This is a sweet story of Izzy s magical summer in a tiny village near Albuuerue Izzy is finally allowed to now about her father She finds and creates extended family during a warm and wonderful summer that is not easy but is comforting ReviewWhat would you do if you were confronted with a mystery about your father and your mother won t talk about it Izzy s mother has always been restless After many moves in California they have just moved again While unpacking Izzy comes across her father s old baseball with the mysterious words Because Love written on one side The words between have been rubbed out Her mother has never told Izzy anything about her father except that he died before Izzy was bornIzzy likes to write stories although she seldom gets beyond the beginning Now a new story is buzzing in her mind about the strange words on the baseball Then Izzy learns she is to spend the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico while her mother finishes research in Costa RicaIn New Mexico Izzy soon steps into another world Her grandmother Nana is an herbalist full pithy wisdoms The Castillos live in part of Nana s house Their son Mateo is Izzy s age When the two become friends Mateo tells Izzy about Socorro the vill. When twelve year old Izzy discovers a beat up baseball marked with the words Becausemagic while unpacking in yet another new apartment she is determined to figure out what it means What secrets does this old ball have to tell Her mom cer.
Age storyteller who sees the future and a map that tells of hidden treasure And often as life unfolds in the village her mother came from Izzy hears a mysterious whisper carried by the wind that seems to be the voice of her fatherTortilla Sun is a beautiful story of a young girl s search for wisdom and truth and her discovery of her culture The book moves at a leisurely pace that gathers in momentum and mystery with a touch of magic The characters are richly drawn and the village blossoms with life Izzy is a sympathetic protagonist entirely believable To tell why the book is called Tortilla Sun would give away too much of the story and I don t want to be a spoiler This is a book young people will enjoy and read than once A middle school reader about a young girl Izzy who is shipped off to spend the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico so her mother can continue her research in Costa Rica Izzy is drawn into her Latin roots makes some young friends has to deal with some trauma as well as discovering why her mother has been so reluctant to discuss her deceased husband The town storyteller Socorro also adds a bit of mystery to the whole story Enjoyable read Worthwhile addition to school libraries too A beautifully written story I simply loved While reading I ept highlighting favorite uotes As 12year old Izzy discovered the secret about her past amd the magic of her grandmother s village in New Mexico while spending the summer there the magic of the story captured me taking me on an emotional ride that brought tears of sorrow and joy to my eyes A heartwarming story around family and friendship and about finding the courage to deal with the past to heal and allow the joy back into one s life because as Izzy s Nana says Life is magic Izzy has just gotten settled into yet another new home While unpacking she comes across a baseball that had belonged to her father It has the words becausemagic on it When she asks her mom about it her mom takes it away and puts it up Izzy gets the ball back out and then learns the next morning that her mother has received a grant to finish up her studies in Costa Rica She is sending Izzy to New. Tainly isn't sharing anyespecially when it comes to Izzy's father who died before Izzy was born But when she spends the summer in her Nana's remote New Mexico village Izzy discovers long buried secrets that come alive in an enchanted lan.