National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (9-15 to 10-15) Kid Lit Review of “Home at Last” by Susan Middleton Elya

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, 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.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Lee & Low Books, 2006

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1584302720
ISBN-13: 978-1584302728

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6 Responses to National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (9-15 to 10-15) Kid Lit Review of “Home at Last” by Susan Middleton Elya

  1. From having lived in France, I can totally relate to that scenario! I took French classes but never could speak it well.

  2. Jenners says:

    I imagine that this would appeal to more than just the kids.

  3. Julie P. says:

    YAY for this book! I love its message.. both for kids and parents!

  4. Vasilly says:

    I love this! I’m going to see if my library has this.

  5. My parents were Italian immigrants and I can recall as a child as they struggled to adapt to life in North America. They did a wonderful job! I can relate to this book and think it a wonderful book to share with kids.

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    What a great message and not just for kids!

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