Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hidden gems: Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Casteñeda

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Welcome to another edition of Hidden Gems. This week we will be reading another great story, Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Casteñeda, illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez.

There is a special bond that often draws grandchildren to their grandparents. In Abuela’s Weave, we see that bond between Esperanza and her grandmother. Esperanza’s grandmother has taught young Esperanza the art of weaving, which is growing ever more rare in the age of factories and machines. For weeks they weave pieces to sell at the big Fiesta de Pueblos in Guate, but will the pieces they make be able to stand out among the many that are made in the factories? This story is touching and demonstrates how a special skill is not only something that can be passed from one generation to the next but is a gift that is to be treasured.

Being an admirer of folkloric artistry, this story also served to show the love bestowed on these pieces by their makers and makes me appreciate the individuality that each demonstrates. If you ever see pieces like these make sure to ask the stories behind them, as I am sure they won’t disappoint. 

Think this is a great book? Make sure to keep an eye for it and other great finds in our children’s section.

- Galia, Schools Program Coordinator

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