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Waiting for Papá/Esperando a Papá

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Juvenile Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In this heartwarming bilingual picture book about a boy's reunion with his father, readers discover a young character whose vision and tenacity allow him to accomplish a feat that once seemed nearly impossible. Through the character's memories of El Salvador and his classroom experiences, the reader also gains insight into the tense political ramifications of war in a country and how that war impacts its survivors. For Beto and the ...

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Overview

Juvenile Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In this heartwarming bilingual picture book about a boy's reunion with his father, readers discover a young character whose vision and tenacity allow him to accomplish a feat that once seemed nearly impossible. Through the character's memories of El Salvador and his classroom experiences, the reader also gains insight into the tense political ramifications of war in a country and how that war impacts its survivors. For Beto and the reader, WAITING FOR PAPA is an educational lesson.

When a young boy and his mother come to the United States from El Salvador, leaving his father behind, the boy misses his father very much and wants to do something special to show him how much he cares.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This 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
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-When the family's home in El Salvador burned down, five-year-old Beto and his mother moved to the United States. Unfortunately, his father could not get a visa and remained behind. Now, three years later, the boy still misses Pap terribly, and although his mother works with an immigration lawyer, she makes no headway. A class project and a resultant radio broadcast finally open the door to the long-awaited reunion, and Beto's classmates help him raise money to buy his father a very special gift. This rather lengthy story is engaging enough, though too long to read aloud easily and burdened with a "too good to be true" sensibility. Accardo's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Disney's cartoons-think Aladdin at grade school-but they have child appeal in a slick, commercial way. Similar in tone and subject matter to Tito Campos's The Muffler Man/El hombre mofle (Pinata, 2001), this title offers a sound introduction to the many issues surrounding immigration and its impact on families. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For three years eight-year-old Beto and his mother, Salvadoran refugees, have been in the US, where his grandfather already lived. But Beto's papa has been unable to get a visa, and the boy is adept at expressing his longing for his father as Father's Day approaches. The letter he writes for his class at school is so vivid that a radio personality has him read it on the air, and his eagerness to collect aluminum cans to raise money to buy his father a new pair of work boots soon involves the rest of his classmates. As exciting as these events are, nothing can approach Beto's joy when his father is finally able to enter the country. Accardo's illustrations are full-page, clean-lined, and pastel-toned, with faces reminiscent of Trina Schart Hyman's work on a larger scale. They face the appropriate text, rendered completely in both English and Spanish. La'nez's child-centered words make the concept of refugees more approachable and sympathetic, but Beto's love for his father goes beyond the specificity of the situation, making the story universally endearing. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558854031
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,455,461
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Great book

    This is a realistic book about the immigrant experience. While other children wish for toys and presents for their birthdays, this little boy wish to be with his father.

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