Waiting for Papa = Esperando a Papa
Waiting for Papa = Esperando a Papa
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Annotation: When a young boy and his mother come to the United States from El Salvador, leaving his father behind, the boy misses his father very much and wants to do something special to show him how much he cares.
Catalog Number: #31359
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Accardo, Anthony,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-558-85403-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-21514-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-558-85403-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-21514-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2003051786
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
<p>For three years eight-year-old Beto and his mother, Salvadoran refugees, have been in the US, where his grandfather already lived. But Beto's papA has been unable to get a visa, and the boy is adept at expressing his longing for his father as Father's Day approaches. The letter he writes for his class at school is so vivid that a radio personality has him read it on the air, and his eagerness to collect aluminum cans to raise money to buy his father a new pair of work boots soon involves the rest of his classmates. As exciting as these events are, nothing can approach Beto's joy when his father is finally able to enter the country. Accardo's illustrations are full-page, clean-lined, and pastel-toned, with faces reminiscent of Trina Schart Hyman's work on a larger scale. They face the appropriate text, rendered completely in both English and Spanish. LaAnez's child-centered words make the concept of refugees more approachable and sympathetic, but Beto's love for his father goes beyond the specificity of the situation, making the story universally endearing. (Picture book. 4-7)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-When the family's home in El Salvador burned down, five-year-old Beto and his mother moved to the United States. Unfortunately, his father could not get a visa and remained behind. Now, three years later, the boy still misses Pap terribly, and although his mother works with an immigration lawyer, she makes no headway. A class project and a resultant radio broadcast finally open the door to the long-awaited reunion, and Beto's classmates help him raise money to buy his father a very special gift. This rather lengthy story is engaging enough, though too long to read aloud easily and burdened with a "too good to be true" sensibility. Accardo's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Disney's cartoons-think Aladdin at grade school-but they have child appeal in a slick, commercial way. Similar in tone and subject matter to Tito Campos's The Muffler Man/El hombre mofle (Pinata, 2001), this title offers a sound introduction to the many issues surrounding immigration and its impact on families. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 1,379
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 84332 / grade: Lower Grades

As Beto looks at the eight candles on his birthday cake, he knows that his wish is always the same. Beto wishes that he could be with his father every chance he gets. It has been three years since he and Mama left El Salvador. Lurking in his mind are the memories of the losses they suffered before leaving: the bombing of a factory, the burning of the family home, the loss of all their possessions, but most of all, he thinks of the father that he has left behind. In the United States, Mama has found a job in a sewing factory making jeans, and they are trying to bring Papa to the United States with the help of an immigration lawyer. But this is only the beginning, and for Beto, it seems that his father cannot come fast enough. One day in school, Beto is given the opportunity to write his father a letter. When he is invited to read it on Radio Voz del Immigrante, his heartfelt homage to home spurs a surprising chain of events, that even the imaginative Beto could not have expected. In ths book, readers discover a young character whose vision and tenacity allow him to accomplish a feat that once seemed nearly impossible. Through the character's memories of El Salvador and his classroom experiences, the reader also gains insight into the tense political ramifications of war in a country and how that war impacts its survivors. For Beto and the reader, Waiting for Papa/ Esperando a Papa is an educational lesson.i

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