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Children's LiteratureWhen an award-winning author pens a wonderful story, and an award-winning illustrator adds the pictures, an excellent book results. This has certainly occurred in this fanciful tale about young Esmeralda Sinfronteras. Upon picking a bouquet of fresh cilantro from the garden for her mother, who is expected to return from Mexico that very night, Esmeralda learns from her grandmother that her mother has been detained at the border in Tijuana, even though she is a United States citizen. When Esmeralda wakes up the next morning, she has begun her transformation into a superhero, the green-green kind who can fly to the border to rescue her mother and who can replace the border with fields of sweet, green cilantro. While adults might sense the political nature of this book, even children will recognize a story based in reality for many Hispanic families, thus making this an excellent addition for a multicultural lesson or classroom. The use of both Spanish and English text will also allow for a broad audience. 2003, Children's Book Press, Ages 5 to 9.
— Ramirose Attebury Wendt