By Oneonta Reading Journal
The illustrations, while colorful, interesting, and informative, are an integral part of the story because the reader learns from them the types of things sold or traded at swap meets. The culture represented in this story is depicted realistically and without stereotypes. This story could be used in a lower elementary classroom to discuss the values of generosity, hard work, and compassion for others that exist in this culture and in others around the world. Estela’s Swap may also be used to expose students to quality multicultural literature.