Mango Moon
Mango Moon

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Annotation: Ten-year-old Maricela, her brother Manuel, and mother face many challenges when her father is taken away to face deportation, but love binds them close.
Catalog Number: #183063
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Cornelison, Sue,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-4957-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4856-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-4957-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4856-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018054032
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
A realistic portrayal of a family torn apart.Ten-year-old Maricela's mama picks her up from school on the day everything changes. She tells Maricela and her younger brother that their "papi won't be coming home for a while." Readers learn through simple prose that Maricela's undocumented father is being held in a detention center while he awaits deportation to an unnamed but "dangerous" country. Every aspect of Maricela's young life is affected, from her now-coachless soccer practice to her after-school routine. She narrates the story with a sense of grief and honesty true to a child's understanding of a complicated and devastating situation. Cornelison's soft, impressionistic illustrations depict the all-Latinx family with light brown skin and straight, black hair and convey the overwhelming loss and sadness felt by a child longing for an absent parent. The unsmiling characters in the story feel authentic to the heaviness of this experience. Despite their separation, Maricela focuses on ways she can stay connected to her papi, through handwritten notes and especially looking up at their same mango moon. Author de Anda honors the real challenge that many children face when a parent is deported and reminds them that it's "all right…to cry."Available in both Spanish and English, this story validates a heartbreaking experience. (Picture book. 7-10)
Word Count: 761
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 502985 / grade: Lower Grades

When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his children are left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Their day-to-day norm now includes moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness. Though Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child's perspective when a parent is deported, Maricela learns that her love for her father continues on even though he's no longer part of her daily life.


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