Tia Isa Wants A Car
Grades K-2
Thursday, November 24, 2011
by: Lacee Drue Nisbett

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Lacee Drue Nisbett, MLIS Student, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Tía Isa wants a car with a green coat that reminds her of the color of the ocean, but it will be a long time before she can buy one. Even though Isa works hard at the bakery, most of her savings are used to help her family back home. While Tía Isa saves, her young niece helps to raise money around the neighborhood. Together, they are able to afford their dream car to carry the entire familia to the beach. Medina’s simple but endearing story mirrors the experiences of numerous Latino immigrants in the United States and Muñoz’s muted illustrations paint the back story of a family split apart by immigration, serving as a great conversation piece for young children. Recommended.


Tia Isa Wants A Car. Meg Medina. Illus. by Claudio Munoz. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2011. 32 pp. $15.99 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-0-7636-4156-6. Grades K-2. English with Some Spanish.


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