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No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Meg Medina


Grades Pre-K to 3

Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. A 2016 Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book. A 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book.

About the Author

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade and YA fiction. In 2014 she was recognized as a "Latino Stories Top 10 Latino Authors To Watch" and as one of the "CNN 10 Visionary Women in America." Learn more about her at

Meg Medina

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