In 1994, 25-year-old YUYI MORALES traveled from her home in Yelapa, Mexico, to the San Francisco Bay Area with her two-month-old son, Kelly, in order to secure permanent residency in this country. Her passage was not easy and she spoke no English whatsoever. But due in large measure to help and guidance provided by area children's librarians, she learned English as her young son learned to read, through the picture books they shared together. In spare, lyrical verse and the vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Yuyi has created a lasting testament to the journeys, both physical and metaphorical, that she and Kelly have taken together in the intervening years. Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.--from the publisher
Caldecott Honor-book artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner YUYI MORALES tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope . . . and reading.
40 pages 978-0823440559 Ages 4-8
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The power of books to make dreams come true for those who make their way to a new country - in this case the United States- is gorgeously portrayed in this lusciously illustrated book of hope and dreams.
Author/illustrator Yuyi Morales immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the mid 90s with her toddler son. Walk with her into a country where the signs are confusing or beyond her language skills, the public fountains turn out not to be for bathing or swimming, and the invisible walls feel unwelcoming and repressive. Until she discovers the picture book section of the public library and the walls come tumbling down, human connections spring to life and hope and acceptance rise up to meet her with open arms.
Perfectly timed for the dreamers who come to new lives today around the world hoping to find friends, future and acceptance.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com