Elena's Story

Elena's Story

Nancy Shaw (author), Kristina Rodanas (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410310330

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Elena lives near a small town in western Guatemala. She lives there with her mother, her younger brother, Luis, and her baby sister, Ana. Her father is far away, working on a plantation. Elena struggles to keep up in school. Her teacher says she needs to practice her reading, but it's hard to find time to read. She must help her mother with the cooking and housework, as well as the hard work of planting and weeding their garden. As the big sister Elena is also in charge of watching over Luis to keep him out of mischief. It isn't always easy and she gets impatient with her little brother. But at the end of the day, when Elena shares a book with Luis, carefully sounding out the words, she comes to better understand and appreciate her role in the family.

Reading Level
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
Cultural/Diversity Family
Interest Age
Ages 6-8 Ages 9-12
1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade
Language Arts Social Studies
English (US)
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