Ana and her family moved to the U.S. from Mexico when Ana was eight. Ana was excited, but Mama missed home. While Ana learns English in school, Mama feels more and more isolated and alienated. One day Ana’s baby brother gets very sick and Mama is unable to ask for help. This convinces her to learn English even though she is afraid she can’t do it [oh, yes, I can relate!], and she starts evening school. When Mama is successful in communicating, she finally feels that she is “home.” This is a wonderful book for families who are new in the United States or who have had trouble adjusting. The illustrations, done by Felipe Davalos, are colorful and attractive.
Published by Lee & Low Books, 2006
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
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