Grandma and Me at the Flea / Los Meros Meros Remateros

By Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustrated by Anita De Lucio-Brock

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Every Sunday Juanito helps his grandmother sell old clothes beneth the rainbow-colored tents at the remate, the flea market. There, Juanito and his friends romp from booth to booth, fulfilling Grandma's vision of the remate as a sharing community of friendly give-and-take.

Juanito gallops to the jewelry-man, who gives Juanito a copper bracelet and a watch for Grandma in exchange for her help sending money orders home to Mexico. Señora Vela gratefully accepts a bundle of Grandma's healing herbs in return for sacks of ruby red chiles. With every exchange Juanito learns firsthand what it means to be a true rematero - a fleamarketeer - and understands that the value of community can never be measured in dollars.

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About the Creators

Thumb_juan_felipe_herrera Juan Felipe Herrera - Author

JUAN FELIPE HERRERA is the son of farmworkers and a graduate of UCLA, Stanford, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During the last fifty years, he has dedicated his life to poetry, community, art and teaching. He has served as the Poetry Laureate of the United States and of California and he’s written more than thirty books across various genres. His awards include the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the LA Times Robert Kirsch Award, a Latino Hall of Fame Award, a Pushcart Prize, UCLA Chancellor’s Medal and the UC-Riverside Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Fresno with his wife, poet Margarita Robles.

Thumb_thumb Anita De Lucio-Brock

was born in Hidalgo, Mexico, and grew up in Southern California. A graduate of Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, Anita began making art while in graduate school. Anita paints on wood and canvas, and also creates altars for el Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. She lives in San Francisco, California.