Hear My Voice = Escucha Mi Voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States
Hear My Voice = Escucha Mi Voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States

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Annotation: The Testimony of Children A moving picture book for older children and families that introduces a difficult topic, amplifying the voices and experiences of immigrant children detained at the border between Mexico and the US. The children's actual words (from publicly available court documents) are assembled to tell one heartbreaking story, in both English and Spanish (back to back). Each spread is illustrated in striking full-color by a different Latinx artist. A portion of sales will be donated to human rights organizations that work with children on the border.
Catalog Number: #300107
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Workman Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 96
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-523-51348-9 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0167-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-523-51348-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0167-4
Dewey: 921
Language: Spanish
Publishers Weekly
Binford, founder of Project Amplify, assembles the testimonies of 61 migrant children from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, ages five to 17, in this hard-hitting, movingly illustrated book that utilizes the talents of 17 Mexican and Mexican American artists to share truths of life in U.S. Border Patrol and detention facilities. In the foreword, Michael Garcia Bochenek of Human Rights Watch states, -This book, a story for children by children, wasn-t easy to tell and isn-t easy to hear. But it-s not only a story of adults- cruelty and neglect... it-s also a story of children-s strength, courage, and hope.- In English and Spanish, the text unfolds simply but meaningfully-with the children-s own words, intertwined not as a single, broad narrative but in a harmonious array of voices, each with a unique story to tell. Similarly, no single art style dominates. Contributed by illustrators including Caldecott Honoree Yuyi Morales and Pura Belpré winner Raúl the Third, each illustration-whether fantastical or realistic, bold or delicate, vibrant or muted-powerfully complements the accompanying testimony, underscoring the children-s humanity and the individuality of each perspective. This is a heartrending but vital work. Includes a reader-s guide. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)-

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children’s experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border.The nightmare children have faced while separated from their families at the U.S.–Mexico border in recent years is detailed unsparingly via interview snippets from 61 migrant children ages 5 to 17. The words are interpreted by 17 different Latinx illustrators. While some of the artists build fantasy imagery, depicting the children as caged birds or representing escape from a dangerous country as flight from a terrifying monster, the most affecting double-page spreads simply detail the horrifying living conditions and allow expressions on faces to do the rest. Hunger, overcrowding, verbal abuse, and unsanitary conditions are only part of the horrors. “I have been here without bathing for twenty-one days,” one child says from behind chain-link fencing. “I wish I could get clean.” The Spanish-language version is bound dos-à-dos to the English one, and the children’s words are even more painful in their native language. Additional context on how the stories were captured and the legal issues around child detention is provided in a foreword and backmatter; it reinforces the impossible and cruel situation the migrant children have faced and their misplaced hope in a system that has failed them. It’s the kind of terrifying book that no adult should hand to a child before preparing to explain, with context, that the stories are true and that they must be remembered.A powerful, critical document only made more heartbreaking in picture-book form. (Picture book. 8-18)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (1/1/21)
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly (1/1/21)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6

The moving stories of children in migration --in their own words. "In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children's experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border.... A powerful, critical document only made more heartbreaking in picture-book form." -- Kirkus Reviews starred review Every day, children in migration are detained at the US-Mexico border. They are scared, alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 these children, from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, ranging in age from five to seventeen--in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is in English on one side; then flip it over, and there's a complete Spanish version. Illustrated by 17 Latinx artists, including Caldecott Medalist and multiple Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Yuyi Morales and Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Ral the Third. Includes information, questions, and action points. Buying this book benefits Project Amplify , an organization that supports children in migration.

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