Carmela Full of Wishes
Written by Matt de la Pena
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that’s sure to be an instant classic. When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panader, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . . With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
Also available in Spanish as Los deseos de Carmela.
Primary ISBN: 9780399549045
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 05 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Audiobook, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: Different Immigration Status, Immigrant: Economic, Migrant/Seasonal Worker, Own Voices/Lived Experience
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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