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Children's LiteratureThis is a poignant yet hopeful story that addresses the "why" of immigration and the struggles that many immigrants face. The story begins on the bittersweet celebration of Beto's eighth birthday. He and his mother have moved from war-torn El Salvador to the United States. While Beto and his mother were granted visas after the factory in which his parents worked was bombed and after their house caught fire, Beto's father was not. Beto has to make his way in this new world without the most important person in his life, his papa. During the years of separation, Beto makes gifts for his father and saves his money to buy him a pair of boots—an item lost in the fire. Eventually, his father is granted a visa and is reunited with his family. During the civil war in the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of people in El Salvador were forced from their homes due to violence and lack of economic opportunities. Family separation, as in Beto's story, was all too common. For some, the United States was a place of refuge, but as we see in this story, it was not accessible to everyone. The straightforward illustrations, scenes from Beto's family's life in El Salvador and the United States, strengthen the story. The text is written in both Spanish and English providing an excellent learning tool for the bilingual classroom while the story's pertinence makes it an excellent addition to any classroom or home library. 2004, Pinata Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Michelle Negron Bueno