This is a sweet story about a little girl of Hispanic descent who is having
dinner with her extended family. She knows a few words of Spanish but does not
speak Spanish like all the grown-ups at the table. When her grandmother tells
a joke and everyone laughs, she can't understand what was said. She is sad because
she doesn't understand. Later when her grandmother talks to her about it, she
explains that when she first came to America she could speak only Spanish and
couldn't understand English and experienced many of the same difficulties. She
tells her granddaughter that she will help her learn Spanish.
This book is beautifully illustrated and a joy to read.
The story introduces a few Spanish words to the reader and would be a great companion to a beginning Spanish course for the lower grades, especially kindergarten and preschool.