Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the
things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing
people speak Spanish. But she also experiences some wonderful new
things--her first snow storm and a teacher who does not speak Spanish
but has a big smile. Even better, Papa and her brother Chavo help her
turn a big box into her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and
toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds more
and more on to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels the most at
home in her new country while she learns to adjust to the changes in
in the 1950s and told through Isabel’s letters to her aunt, Sarah
Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small have created a charming and
unforgettable young heroine who will win the hearts of readers in this
story of immigration and assimilation.
Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small
have worked together on several picture books, including The Library.
Small has also written and/or illustrated other books, including the
2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.