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“Besides the pleasant story, the interwoven Spanish and references to “”Helping Money”” and families divided by immigration may make the book particularly appealing to immigrant Latino children.” –Kirkus Reviews

Tia Isa Wants A Car

Written by Meg Medina
Illustrated by Claudio Munzo
Published by Candlewick Press

Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Tia Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.

Primary ISBN: 9780763641566

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

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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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Lesson Plan (PDF)
Source: IClassrooms In Action

Money Management Parent Guide (PDF)
Source: Consumer Finance

Story Map
Source: Teaching Books

Financial Lesson Plan (PDF)
Source: Vermont Treasurer 

Coloring Page
Source: Meg Medina author page

Classroom Idea Card (PDF)
Source: Meg Medina author page

This book is part of the Welcoming Library. The Welcoming Library is a traveling collection of picture books set in our New Arrival and 
New American communities. From small towns to big cities, these immigration stories are helping readers 
(of all ages) Welcome and Belong. WelcomingLibrary.org