Luca's Bridge = El Puente De Luca
Luca's Bridge = El Puente De Luca
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Annotation: This powerful meditation on home and identity tells the emotional story of a boy coming to terms with his family's deportation from the United States to Mexico.
Catalog Number: #184399
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Lopez Real, Anna,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-9987999-5-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-9987999-5-7
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
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Though Luca and his brother are U.S. citizens, their parents aren't. Instead of risking deportation, the family decides to return to their native Mexico. The new environment is difficult for Luca, who finds relief only in his golden trumpet. In a dream, the young musician is transported to his former home where there is joy, music, and laughter. Upon waking he realizes that music and family can bridge his present and past d perhaps his future. This bilingual text brims with homesickness but also optimism. Fanciful illustrations reflect Luca's mood rk shades when he's troubled and bright yellows when he's encouraged. Together, the narrative and images offer hope for readers experiencing this difficult situation and empathy for those who aren't. Back matter includes an author's note further discussing deportation.
Kirkus Reviews
Luca and his family self-deport to Mexico after receiving a letter. Because neither Luca's mother nor his father has "papers," they can no longer live in the United States even though the boy and his brother, Paco, are U.S. citizens. Saddened, they cross the border and drive to Grandma's house. Luca, who speaks no Spanish, finds solace in his trumpet. When he falls asleep, he dreams he crosses a bridge of music back over the border. After visiting his old home, he flies to his school and plays a song for his friends who have gathered to greet him. The experience makes him so happy he wakes up laughing, and his entire family joins in as sadness flies out the window. Their laughter builds a bridge of hope to the home they were forced to abandon. Llanos' bilingual snapshot of American children trapped by complicated immigration policies meanders in a disjointed journey across the southern border. The abrupt, naïve ending implies that because Luca can visit his friends and home in his dreams, all is well, and he and his family are no longer depressed. López Real's manga-inflected illustrations are heavily symbolic, but sometimes they inexplicably diverge from the narrative. Where a bridge is mentioned, there is only a dilapidated fence; where a hill is described, there is a flat valley. In addition, details unnecessarily change from scene to scene. A Spanish version of the text, also written by Llanos, runs alongside the English. Despite flaws, this book can serve as a springboard for discussion of this timely and sensitive issue. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 5-10)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: 710L

This bilingual picture book tells the emotional story of a boy coming to terms with his family's deportation from the United States to Mexico. A powerful meditation on home and identity at a time when our country sorely needs it. Full color.

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