Mamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterrestre
By René Colato Laínez
Illustrated by Laura Lacámara
When Mamá’s purse falls on the floor, Sofia gets a peek at Mamá’s old Resident Alien card and comes to the conclusion that Mamá might be an alien from outer space. Sofia heads to the library to learn more about aliens. Some are small and some are tall. Some have four fingers on each hand and some have large, round eyes. Their skin can be gray or blue or green. But Mamá looks like a human mother! Could she really be an alien?
Sofia is still puzzling out this mystery when she sees an alien-looking Mamá one night. It turns out Mamá is doing a beauty treatment so she will look her best for her citizenship ceremony. That’s when Sofia realizes that in English, an alien can be someone from another planet, and it can also be a person from another country. Just like Mamá!
Filled with imagination and humor, this title is a sweet and timely celebration of family, no matter where that family comes from. Even if it’s outer space!
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About the Creators
René Colato Laínez was born in El Salvador. He is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Críticas has called René's characters "immigrant heroes." He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
is both an author and illustrator of children’s books. She is a popular presenter at schools, book festivals, libraries, and conferences, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A native of Cuba, she now lives in Venice, California, with her husband and their daughter.
About This Title
Tejas Star Reading List
Texas Library Association (TLA)
Commended Lists - Américas Book Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Grand Canyon Readers Award
Arizona Library Association
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 4
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Bilingual, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Conflict resolution, Cultural Diversity, Dreams & Aspirations, Education, Families, Home, Imagination, Immigration, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Mothers, Multiethnic interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Realistic Fiction
Part of These Collections
Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Mother's Day Collection, Bilingual Bestsellers, Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , 2016 Book Collection, Immigration Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2, #OwnVoices Collection, Perspective-Taking Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection