Mama The Alien / Mama la extraterrestre

by René Colato Laínez and Laura Lacámara

When a little girl finds her mother’s Resident Alien card in her purse, she... read more

When a little girl finds her mother’s Resident Alien card in her purse, she is certain she has stumbled on a big secret—her mother is from another planet! Her mother has always seemed like a normal person, but does she speak another language besides Spanish and English? Do other aliens from her planet land their spaceship in her backyard when they come for a visit? Most of all, how does Mamá hide her alien appearance? When the daughter sees her mother wearing night cream and curlers in her hair, she’s certain she’s come upon the true alien Mamá. But her parents calmly explain that “alien” is one of those words with more than one meaning—it can mean someone from another country or from another planet. Whimsically illustrated, this funny story based on a child’s misunderstanding is told in Spanish and English. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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