Many moons ago, my dear friend, also an educator, told me a heartwarming story about her childhood in Michoacán, México. She shared that her mother went to El Norte to work, leaving her with her younger sister in the care of their grandmother. My dear friend said she knew she was loved. However, some days were harder than others, especially when she longed to be reunited with her mother. And then she mentioned that toilet paper was a commodity only reserved for the well to do. My friend began to giggle, remembering how something so simple like toilet paper was a reality dreams away. We laughed, and then I got a feeling and said, “You have to write these stories. They are so inspirational! So many people will relate.” Well, she wrote, and now she is debuting her first (of many) picture books.
Sundays With Abuelita, written by Teresa Verduzco and illustrated by Gloria Felix, is an inspirational tale. As I read through the story my heart got filled with an array of emotions. The human spirit is strong, and this story brings to light some of the hardships that many of our immigrant and undocumented children face. And yet, on the the other side is a grandmother, who gives her granddaughters the absolute best of herself to ensure that they are loved, secure, and an understanding that there is a better tomorrow.
Gloria Felix’s illustrations are colorful, rich, and capture the essence of the small pueblo where Teresa lived as a child. Just looking at the illustrations I could hear the lively music and smell the delicious smells associated with a Sunday outing on the plaza with the family wearing your very best dress.
I don’t want to spoil the story, as I think you will better enjoy reading through on your own. But in short, Sundays With Abuelita, is an inspirational tale of hope, family, and dreaming. I also cannot help but chuckle that not too long ago, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we were also faced with the reality of a lack of toilet paper. Life is full of ups and downs, but it comes down to knowing that a better tomorrow is coming. I highly recommend this picture book. Not only is it important for children to see a reality different than theirs, it is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices that our ancestors, near and far have endured to provide us with a world full of possibilities.
Sundays With Abuelita makes its big debut on March 10th, 2021. Click here to purchase your very own copy. Feel free to purchase an extra one for a friend.
And to my dear friend, Teresa, I am so proud of you. You took the plunge, congratulations!
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
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