Isla

Paperback | April 1, 1999

byArthur DorrosIllustratorElisa Kleven

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This soaring story takes readers on a fantastic journey set in the same world and warm relationship as Arthur Dorros's award-winning Abuela!

Rosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes and stories, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island--from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along the way Rosalba and her grandmother visit a busy fruit market, then cool off with a swim in the turquoise sea filled with colorful fish. Their magical trip is brought to life by Elisa Kleven's shimmering collage artwork.

Also available in a Spanish-language edition (ISBN: 978-0-14-056541-6)


"Dorros's language is rich and magical—readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises."—School Library Journal

"Vivid illustrations with myriad details bring the tropical scenes to life, and the well-chosen Spanish words and phrases are easily understood. Glossary."—Horn Book

"The little girl and her grandmother, first seen flying over New York City in Abuela (1991), take off on another imaginary flight, this time to the Caribbean island where Abuela grew up. Isla is a tropical treasure."—Booklist

Notable Book, National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council
Commended Book, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
Notable Children's Book, National Council of Teachers of English

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Fly away to la isla with Rosalba and her grandmother as they visit the Caribbean island where Rosalba’s grandmother grew up. In this imaginary journey, as her abuela tells her about the island, Rosalba visits the relatives back on the island, sees the lush rainforest, hectic city and warm, blue ocean. Elisa Kleven’s colourful collages ...

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This soaring story takes readers on a fantastic journey set in the same world and warm relationship as Arthur Dorros's award-winning Abuela! Rosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes and stories, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and s...

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In the popular book, "Abuela", Rosalba and her grandmother took a fanciful flight high above New York City. Today Abuela is telling Rosalba all about the Caribbean island where she grew up. Together, they use their imaginations to fly through the sky on a magical journey to la isla. After listening to Abuela's vivid stories Rosalba can...

Arthur Dorros (arthurdorros.com) has enjoyed words, pictures, and books for as long as he can remember. A photograph taken when he was one and a half years old shows him eating a few. Some of his later experiences led to his creating books. When he was four years old he sat on the tail of a ten-foot long alligator. Fortunately the alli...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10.63 × 8.1 × 0.1 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140565051

ISBN - 13:9780140565058

Appropriate for ages: 2 - 6

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Fly away to la isla with Rosalba and her grandmother as they visit the Caribbean island where Rosalba’s grandmother grew up. In this imaginary journey, as her abuela tells her about the island, Rosalba visits the relatives back on the island, sees the lush rainforest, hectic city and warm, blue ocean. Elisa Kleven’s colourful collages and Arthur Dorros’ magical language bring Isla to life for readers as well as Rosalba.

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Praise for Isla"Dorros's language is rich and magical—readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises."—School Library Journal"Vivid illustrations with myriad details bring the tropical scenes to life, and the well-chosen Spanish words and phrases are easily understood. Glossary."—Horn Book"The little girl and her grandmother, first seen flying over New York City in Abuela(1991), take off on another imaginary flight, this time to the Caribbean island where Abuela grew up. Isla is a tropical treasure."—BooklistNotable Book, National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book CouncilCommended Book, Consortium of Latin American Studies ProgramsChildren's Book of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book CommitteeNotable Children's Book, National Council of Teachers of English