Tuesday, January 19, 2016

An Immigration Story

Andres and Clara live in Mexico. Their father was working in Texas. When he fails to return, they and their mother are very sad. Their Aunt Elena arrives and takes the children to the United States. They are treated well, but their wish is for their mother to be with them.

This book begs many questions about what is happening under the surface of the story. What happened to the children's father? How did their aunt get United States passports for the children? How did their mother finally come to the US?

In light of the present discussions on the news and elsewhere about immigration, I think this book needs to be handled carefully if it is used in a classroom. Middle grade students, the audience for which the book is intended, know a great deal about what is happening in the world. They will ask questions and should receive answers that are as truthful as possible.

The book is well written and the drawings are delightful. However, I can't recommend this book because the story is too thin and leaves too many unanswered questions.

I received this book for review from PR by the Book.