Dinner on domingos

Alexandra Katona

Book - 2021

"Warm memories wash over a first-generation Latinx American girl as she experiences a typical Sunday night dinner at her Abuelita's house. As Alejandra thinks about all the good times her family has had there, she decides that she wants to be brave and try speaking Spanish with Abuelita so that they can deepen their bond"--Provided by publisher.

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Children's stories
Picture books
Concord, MA : Barefoot Books 2021.
Main Author
Alexandra Katona (author)
Other Authors
Claudia Navarro (illustrator)
Physical Description
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color map ; 28 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Drawing upon her own childhood experiences, Katona offers a warm story of family, food, and fun, brightly illustrated by Navarro. Each Sunday, a girl and her mother descend upon her Ecuadorian abuela's house in Michigan, along with others from their large extended family. It is a loving, boisterous bunch, and readers will learn about their cultural dishes (like locro, a potato soup), music, and decor, such as the cornflower-blue walls that remind Abuela of the Ecuadorian sky. The girl plays with cousins, and when the children get too excited and loud, Abuela puts music on, and they dance. The family also takes the time to call relatives who are far away. Throughout the story there are Spanish words, which also appear in the book's glossary. An author's note describes Katona's family's background and her grandmother's immigration story; there are also photographs of her abuela and their Domingo dinners as well as her grandmother's recipe for locro. A wonderful celebration of culture and family, ideal for storytime or classroom reading.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

In this story inspired by her own childhood, debut author Katona recalls Sunday dinners at her grandmother's house. Every Sunday, narrator Alejandra heads to Abuelita's house for dinner with her extended family. The house fills up with her tíos and tías, primos and primas; the dogs bark, the scent of food is everywhere, and the pots clatter in the kitchen. Abuelita's house is in Michigan, but her kitchen "is painted bright cornflower blue." It reminds Abuelita of the Ecuadorean sky. Reflecting the feelings of many a child of immigrants, Alejandra speaks but a few words of her parents' native language--in this case, Spanish--but wishes she spoke more. Food and family, centered on Abuelita's home and cooking, erase those language barriers. These Sunday reunions aren't limited to food--though Abuelita's potato soup, locro, is a favorite. There is also talking and joking and games and singing and dancing, all the elements that create family bonds and memories. Navarro's joyful illustrations are filled with movement and bright, happy colors, capturing the boisterous reunions in an accessible and humorous way. The family members have dark hair and pale or olive skin. The book includes an author's note, a glossary of the Spanish words used, and the recipe for Abuelita's locro. (This book was reviewed digitally.) An ebullient celebration of family and the rituals that bring a family together. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.