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Mama and Papa Have a Store

From the clip, clop of the milkman's mule in early morning to the clic, clac of her father's abacus at night, a young girl tells about a day in her family's store and home in Guatemala City. Every day customers of many heritages speaking Spanish, Chinese, and Mayan come to buy cloth, buttons, and thread in colors like parrot green and mango yellow, and dozens of other items.

While the girl's parents and their friends talk about their hometown in China from where they emigrated many years ago, she and her siblings play games on the rooftop terrace, float paper boats, and make shadow puppets under the glow of flashlights. When the store closes, the girl dances to celebrate her day. Amelia Lau Carling's thoroughly American children loved her childhood stories about Guatemala so much that she wrote them down for others.

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"Drawing on her memories of growing up in Guatemala as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, debut author/artist Carling sunnily evokes a companionable mingling of cultures.... In a scene that marvelously captures the book's fusion of familiar and exotic elements, the kids sled on pieces of cardboard down a waxed tin roof, a mountain in the distance and colorful laundry and flowers in the foreground. Kids may enjoy trying to separate out the threads of Mayan, Spanish and Chinese cultures, but all come together seamlessly in this snippet of an idyllic childhood. -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Amelia Lau Carling
ISBN 1620143089
Publication Date Jun 1, 1998
Publisher Dial
Language English