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Annotation: A Boy visits his mother after she is sent back to Mexico for not having the proper papers.
Catalog Number: #44617
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Cepeda, Joe,
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-89239-231-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-43903-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-89239-231-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-43903-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2010000462
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
When Josi's undocumented mother is abruptly sent back to Mexico from San Diego, his father takes him across the border to visit her in Tijuana. The story, presented in both English and Spanish, sensitively reflects life for many immigrant kids. The text is a bit wordy, but Cepeda's illustrations, which focus on the loving family, will help keep readers engaged.
Kirkus Reviews
After his mother is deported by U.S. immigration officials, Jose and his father go to visit her at Centro Madres Assunta in Tijuana, where she will stay with other women and children until she gets her papers and can return. Frankly a plea for sympathy for families torn apart by immigration rules, this tender story is gently told in Spanish and English texts, together or on opposing pages. Young Jose recalls his day: the border traffic jam, the joy of seeing his mother, gardening and a seed game with other children in the shelter missing their parents and a final bedtime story told in the car's backseat. The author, a Salvadoran immigrant, teaches in a bilingual school where his students often experience family separations. Cepeda's oil paintings, full-bleed single- and double-page spreads, use bright colors and a variety of perspectives to reinforce the joyfulness of the day. A road map of the area between San Diego and Tijuana serves as endpapers. The child's perspective makes this a particularly moving glimpse of an increasingly common experience. (Picture book. 5-9)
Publishers Weekly
This moving bilingual picture book tackles a difficult issue with grace. Jos%C3%A9's Mexican-born mother was deported to Tijuana, and as the story opens, Jos%C3%A9 and his father are preparing to drive down from San Diego to see her. Their reunion is understandably joyous, and Cepeda offers several tender scenes during a visit that is all too short. La%C3%ADnez keeps his story grounded in reality: Jos%C3%A9's mother says she'll come home as soon as she can (a lawyer is working on her case), and Jos%C3%A9 promises to visit every weekend. A solid resource for children in Jos%C3%A9's situation. Ages 6%E2%80%93up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1&11;3&12; Colato La&7;nez, a teacher, draws upon his own and his students' immigrant stories to tell this moving story. Jos&3; arrives home from school one day to find that his mother has been deported back to Mexico for having illegally entered the United States. Jos&3; and his father, who has gained residency status, plan a trip to see Mam&5;. While spending the day in Tijuana at her shelter, they decorate her room with photographs to comfort her as she awaits word from her attorney about her reentry into the country. As the day ends, Jos&3; falls asleep in his mother's lap while telling her one last story before they leave to await her return. The realistic, earth-toned, oil-on-canvas paintings and Spanish-English bilingual text appropriately capture a child's perspective on the not-so-pretty impact of immigration policies. A timely and important addition for schools and public libraries.&12; Rhonda Jeffers, Coweta Public Library System, Newnan, GA
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Word Count: 950
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 139439 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q50195
Lexile: AD640L

Jose loves helping Mama in the garden outside their home in California. But when Mama is sent back to Mexico for not having citizenship papers, Jose and his Papa face an uncertain future. What will it be like to visit Mama in Tijuana? When will she be able to come home? Award-winning children's book author Rene Colato Lainez tackles the difficult and timely subject of family separation with exquisite tenderness. He is donating a portion of his royalties to the Centro Madre Assunta, a refuge for women and children who are waiting to be reunited with their families in the United States. Joe Cepeda's bright and engaging illustrations bring this story of hope to vivid life."

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