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Sometimes, in life, a person goes through a struggle they cannot identify or explain, but when a book portrays their struggle it helps them come to terms with it. Books do not necessarily solve problems, but they can give people the confidence to name and think differently about them. This notion remains especially true for children because their limited vocabulary hinders their ability to communicate their problems to adults since they themselves cannot put it into words. When they see their struggle played out in books, they gain tools to express themselves. One obstacle children endure but cannot identify is bilingualism and the language barrier it can create. Although some think children growing up in a bilingual environment develop bilingualism easily, they actually struggle with it extremely. This struggle is portrayed and sometimes even sympathized with in the three children’s picture books titled Juana and Lucas; Mango, Abuela, and Me; and My Grandma Mi Abuelita.

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