Dinner on domingos
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.
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. Grades K-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.