Tia Isa Wants a Car
Meg Medina, Claudio Munoz (2011), Candlewick Press
Tia Isa has a big idea – to get a car so that the family can all go to the beach. In her mind’s eye the car is “the same shiny green as the ocean that lapped outside my bedroom window” when she was a small girl. When Tia Isa tells others of her idea, there’s mixed reactions: Tia’s niece (the book’s narrator) is equally excited and wants a car with “pointy wings off the back;” while Tio Andres merely laughs, “Ridiculo.” Tia Isa just whistles on, continuing to stir the bean soup bubbling on the stove. Together Tia and her niece hatch a plan, start saving, and eventually head to the used car lot to pick out that shiny green convertible big enough for the entire extended family to get away to the beach.
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