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I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards)) [Hardcover]

By Alma Flor Ada (Author) & Elivia Savadier (Illustrator)
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Item description for I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards)) by Alma Flor Ada & Elivia Savadier...

A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.

Publishers Description
Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays -- "los domingos --" she visits "Abuelito y Abuelita, " who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common -- in particular, their love for their granddaughter.
While we follow our narrator to the circus and the pier, share stories from her grandparents' pasts, and celebrate her birthday, the depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English. This affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds.

Awards and Recognitions
I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards)) by Alma Flor Ada & Elivia Savadier has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Golden Sower Award - 2006 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature - 2002 Commended - Picture Book category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2005 Nominee - Picture Storybook category

Citations And Professional Reviews
I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards)) by Alma Flor Ada & Elivia Savadier has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 318
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/01/2001 page 1680
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/10/2001 page 69
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2002 page 89
  • Booklist - 02/01/2002 page 944
  • Christian Home & School - 05/01/2002 page 29
  • Multicultural Review - 09/01/2002 page 108
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 318

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.34" Width: 7.72" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Atheneum
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689318197  
ISBN13  9780689318191  

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More About Alma Flor Ada & Elivia Savadier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home," My Name Is Maria Isabel"; Under the Royal Palms," a Pura Belpre Medal recipient; and The Gold Coin," a Christopher Award recipient. She lives in California, and you can visit her at
Gabriel M. Zubizarreta draws from his experiences of raising his three wonderful daughters in his writing. He hopes his books will encourage young people to author their own destinies. He coauthored Dancing Home "with Alma Flor Ada. Gabriel lives in Northern California with his family and invites you to visit his website at"

Alma Flor Ada currently resides in san francisco, in the state of California. Alma Flor Ada has an academic affiliation as follows - University of San Francisco.

Alma Flor Ada has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cuentos Para Celebrar
  2. Green Light Reader - Bilingual Level 1 (Quality)
  3. Green Light Reader - Bilingual Level 2 (Quality)
  4. Green Light Reader - Level 2 (Quality)
  5. Stories to Celebrate

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Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > Formats
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Multigenerational > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

Reviews - What do customers think about I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards))?

I Love Saturdays and ????  Oct 4, 2007
"I Love Saturdays y domingos" is one of the few children's book on the market that integrates two different cultures. In this book, a little girl spends Saturdays with her father's parents. The grandfather comes from Europe and the grandmother comes from California. On Sundays, the girl spends time with her mother's parents: abuelito (grandfather), who comes from Mexico and abuelita (grandmother), who is Native American.

Throughout the story, the little girl learns about her family's cultures. The little girl and two sets of grandparents play with animals, watch movies, go to the circus and do other things that families love to do. At the end of the story, they all come together for her birthday party.

Those who speak/read little or no Spanish may have difficulty with the Spanish text. The book does not offer pronunciation keys or meanings to the words. Although some of the words written in Spanish may be explained in the adjoining page when the girl visits her English-speaking relatives.

This book may be more appropriate for families familiar with both cultures or for children who are just beginning to learn about the Latin American culture.
A Circle of Love  Nov 6, 2003
A bright, beautiful little girl shares her pride in her Latin heritage. She describes the time she enjoys with both sets of grandparents and the excursions she takes with them. I like the way the young protagonist is so well loved that readers feel as if they are being drawn into a loving vortex.

I love the way Spanish words are included in this story and descriptions of Latin celebrations. This is a book to be savored and shared with others. The characters are very appealing and there is a sharing of cultural information and ideas. This is an excellent teaching tool. This book is for everyone. I heartily and happily recommend this book.


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