A New Home
A New Home
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Annotation: Text that combines the voices of two narrators and detailed artwork of parallel urban scenes depict a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City who simultaneously ponder moving to each other's locale, discovering their commonalities along the way.
Catalog Number: #174997
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-536-20193-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-536-20193-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018961318
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
An unnamed New York City boy and Mexico City girl consider what they like best about their present homes as they prepare to trade locales. Both live in apartment buildings, attend school, enjoy sporting events, play at the park, take in museums, and love the beach. Each hopes to find similar activities in their new cities. What makes this simple story work are de Regil's brightly colored mixed-media illustrations. Each spread features a single line of text (applicable to both children) with paired illustrations, one for each child. "Cheering loudly for our team to win at the stadium" features depictions of the boy and his dad at Yankee Stadium and the girl and her father watching soccer at Estadio Azteca. The sites in each metropolis are further delineated by consistent color schemes: the U.S. scenes feature reds and blues prominently, while the Mexican sites highlight greens and reds. Appended with information about each scene represented, this makes an upbeat and reassuring addition to books about moving.
Horn Book
A NYC boy moving to Mexico City and a girl in Cuidad de México who's relocating to NYC each describes (in English) what he or she will miss and expresses anxieties about the move. The ink, colored-pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustrations mainly place the boy's and girl's experiences on opposite sides of the spreads, allowing readers to appreciate their shared feelings while acknowledging the differences between the cities. Concurrently published in Spanish as Un nuevo hogar.
Kirkus Reviews
A boy from New York and a girl from Mexico City reminisce about the things they love in their hometowns prior to moving to each other's respective cities.After the characters are introduced, the narration unfolds in such a way that it represents the experiences of either child. As the story progresses and the images mirror each other in the spreads, the visual narrative depicts the similar experiences both families have without othering either child. De Regil, in her colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustrations, moves from the wide snapshots of either city into close experiences. As both stories merge and progress through the same events (attending sporting and cultural events, playing, traveling to their new homes), the narrative furthers the conversation on the similarities between the protagonists. The stories come together in a sweet moment when they cross paths at the airport, hopeful for the possibilities of different adventures in their new homes. De Regil doesn't shy away from the problems both countries and cultures experience, such as homelessness and wealth inequality, yet does not place blame. The backmatter provides information on both the landmarks the children visit—such as Lincoln Center, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Museo Nacional de Antropología—and the cultures and issues that surround them. The boy presents white, and the girl has brown skin.A heartwarming story that depicts the anxiety of moving and leaving the familiarity of one's own culture behind. (Picture book. 3-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 This debut picture book features a boy in New York City who learns he will be relocating to Mexico City, and a girl in Mexico City considering her move to the Big Apple. Both children are unsure about their respective moves, as they will miss many things about their homes. The narrative is structured so that both children share the same thoughts, while the whimsical, detailed watercolor and pencil illustrations show each child enjoying, playing, and exploring their home cities. For instance, when the story reads, "But what if there is nowhere for me to play in my new city?" side-by-side, single-page spreads depict the boy ice-skating in Central Park and the girl riding her bike through Bosque de Chapultepec. Each child thinks, "I hope my life won't be so different in my new city," while the quiet, thoughtful illustrations demonstrate how simultaneously distinctive and similar their homes are. The endpapers offer fun facts about each city alongside compact replicas of the story's individual spreads. VERDICT A positive, reassuring recommendation for families coping with relocating to a new city. Recommended for school and public libraries. Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ
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Kirkus Reviews
Horn Book (8/1/19)
School Library Journal (4/1/19)
ALA Booklist (3/1/19)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Activity Kit: New Home Activity Kit

As a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City ponder moving to each other’s locale, it becomes clear that the two cities — and the two children — are more alike than they might think.

But I’m not sure I want to leave my home.
I’m going to miss so much.

Moving to a new city can be exciting. But what if your new home isn’t anything like your old home? Will you make friends? What will you eat? Where will you play? In a cleverly combined voice — accompanied by wonderfully detailed illustrations depicting parallel urban scenes — a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses trepidation about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City. Tania de Regil offers a heartwarming story that reminds us that home may be found wherever life leads. Fascinating details about each city are featured at the end.

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