¡HABLO! A Wordless Story
¡HABLO! is the story of a girl’s lifelong relationship with her language as she learns to find her own voice. It is only when she reconnects with her family and with her roots that she finally finds the courage to speak.
Based on author-illustrator Ronnie Garcia’s own experiences with bilingualism and assimilation, ¡HABLO! sheds light on culture and identity in a unique wordless medium. Appropriate for all ages, this richly illustrated story is easily embraced by any reader regardless of language or nationality.
What Is a Wordless Book?
A wordless book tells a story with pictures instead of words, and the carefully crafted illustrations can be understood by anyone. World language educators can use wordless books in class by discussing the pictures and asking students to interpret what they see. Students can tell the story in their own words, reinforcing speaking skills and higher-order thinking. No student’s—or teacher’s—experience will be the same, and the story will change with them as they learn and grow.
©2018. All levels. 8 x 10 inches. Hardcover, 32 pages.
About the Author-Illustrator
Ronnie Garcia is a Puerto Rican illustrator who was raised in the southern United States. Having grown up without a community to relate to, they turned to art to share their personal experiences with the world. It is their hope that their stories create a new community for those who fit in everywhere, nowhere, and in the spaces in between.