Multicultural Book Talk

By: Natalie Bromm

My Grandma Mi Abuelita

  • Written By (Escrito por): Ginger Foglesong Guy
  • Illustrated by (Illstrado por): Vivi Escriva
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Theme: Different ways to travel

About the Author

Ginger Foglesong Guy
  • Ginger grew up living in many different countries: Mexico, Switzerland, Arizona, Costa Rica, and Virginia.
  • Reading was very important to her family and they took their books where ever they went.
  • She learned to speak Spanish at a very young age.
  • She was a first grade teacher when she became inspired by her students' love for a good story, which is why she began writing her own books.
  • Because of her background in Spanish she wrote her books in both Spanish and English to help children to read and speak in another language.
  • You can check more of her book out on her website:

About the Illustrator

Vivi Escriva

  • Vivi uses watercolors to illustrate the pages of the books.
  • She lives in Spain
  • She was illustrated for Alma Flor Ada's books and Ginger Foglesong Guy's books.

About the Story

Let's follow a boy and his family travel to his grandma's house. The boy and his family will use many different forms of transportation to get to his grandmother's house.The children will want to keep reading to see what type of transportation the boy and his family will go on next. Each page has the English and Spanish words to use bilingual vocabulary. The pages are beautifully painted with bright colors using watercolors.

Classroom Teaching Application

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Common Core ELA Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.


The student will describe familiar people, places, things, or events while reading the text.

  • The class will read the book together.

  • On each page of the book, the teacher will ask the students if anything is familiar to them.

  • The teacher will ask if they have ever see what is on the page, or done what is on the page.

  • The teacher will ask the students the explain to the class a trip they have taken before, and how they got there.


1. This book demonstrates unique language and style. This text fits this criteria because it has the words in English and in Spanish.

2. The book has an appealing format and is of endearing quality. This book fits this criteria because it has big illustrations with few words, and is very high quality.

3. The book includes members of a "minority" group for a purpose other than filling a "quota". This book meets this criteria because it is about a Hispanic family.

Guy, G.F. (2007). My Grandma/Mi Abuelita. Illus. by Vivi Escriva. NY: Rayo/HarperCollins.