A little girl pitches in to help her tia save up for a big old car - and take the whole family to the beach - in a story told with warmth and sweetness.
Tia 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.
About the Author
Meg Medina is the author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book, Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Munoz. About Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, she says, Years ago, when I was in school, a girl in a rabbit-fur jacket cornered me in the school yard and announced that one of our school bullies, a Latina girl named Jackie, was going to beat me up. What I remember most from that time was loneliness and all the risky choices I made as I embarked on the search for a tough-girl shell that could withstand any attack. But as I struggled against the dread of being in school, I became someone else entirely. I hid every talent and interest I had in the hope of appearing fierce and untouchable to Jackie and the rest of the world. It was a struggle to find my identity and inner strength as a student, as a young woman, as a Latina. I was in a fight for my dignity. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Meg Medina grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Claudio Munoz was born in Chile and moved to England as a young man. His drawings have appeared in many major newspapers and magazines. His illustrations for children's books have been short-listed for the Mother Goose and Smarties awards, and in 1997 he won the French Prix du Livre de la Mer for Le Petit Capitaine (The Little Captain). Claudio is also a regular contributor to The Economist.