21 Jan It’s Monday! A Mentor Text You Will Turn To Again and Again #IMWAYR #Booklove
Carmella Full of Wishes, Matt De La Pena and Christian Robinson
Sometimes, it is difficult to write about a book, because you have so much to say. This is how we feel about Matt and Christian’s newest book, Carmella Full of Wishes. Like their last book, Last Stop on Market Street, you can read this book again and again, and still find details you missed during prior reads. Carmella Full of Wishes is a story of two siblings who go out in town to run a few errands together. More importantly, Carmella Full of Wishes is a story about family and hope.
There are so many subtleties for students to notice and ponder in this text. The repetition of Carmela’s jingling bracelets and the lone dandelion are accessible symbols for elementary readers and writers. These objects weave throughout the story and add deeper meanings to the plot. Another subtlety some students may miss, is the role of the father in this story. He is mentioned twice in the text and is depicted once in a cutout shape in an illustration. It may take time for students to realize that her father was taken away by deportation.
Carmella Full of Wishes is in our pile of mentor texts for narrative writing. The amount of text on the page is manageable, making it easy for students to closely study the author’s craft. We want students to see how Matt De La Pena embeds the setting throughout the text and notice how his well-chosen words help readers envision the characters’ journey. Matt and Christian, please keep writing and illustrating – your books spark conversations, teach young writers, and warm children’s hearts.
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