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, named one of CNN s Ten Visionary Women, is the author of the young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which received a Pura Belpre Award in 2014. She is also the author of the novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tia Isa Wants a Car, for which she won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Meg Medina was raised in Queens, New York, where she lived in 1977, one of the worst years in the city s history. About Burn Baby Burn, she says, While telling Nora s story, I was writing about violence at the tipping point, both in a city and in a family. Young people then and now sometimes have to grow up against a backdrop of unspeakable events. Their fight for hope, respect, and happiness always amazes me. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.
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.