This hardcover bilingual(Spanish/English) was written by Mrs. María Luisa Retana, the author of eight published bilingual children’s books and a literary presenter for students, teachers, librarians, and parents.
The story is of the author’s relationship with her grandmother. This book is been used as therapy when dealing with grief and renewal. Its reading level is for ages 9-12. But the story is appropriate for any ages.
This book has been highly praised and recommended by teachers, librarians, educators and artists. Here are some reviews:
Grandma’s Trunk/El Baúl de Mamaíta gives the reader a tender scene about the special relationship between a child, a beloved grandmother and a treasured keepsake. After many years, the child’s wish concerning the ritual is fulfilled. — Ms. Joan Reichel, Librarian/teacher
The illustrations in Grandma’s Trunk/El baúl de Mamaíta bring their own special complement of warmth, color, affection and care to the narrative. Artist Pat Pollock Rhoads is as simpática and insightful as artist, mother and grandmother can be. — Alvin Sandler, Artist
In Grandma’s Trunk / El Baúl de Mamaíta author María Luisa Retana offers an encouraging, comforting, and multicultural experience for children dealing with grief and renewal. This title is a powerful and sweet book for those who has suffered the loss of a grandparent. — Raymond Gonzales, Librarian
Grandma’s Trunk/El Baúl de Mamaíta reflects grief without despair, and is beautiful and sensitive. It shows sadness without despair, and hope and joy in the depth of love. — Samuel Brown, Educator