Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not home.
Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way.
The richly colored illustrations bring to life the landscape of California's Central Valley farmland. Amelia's Road is an inspirational tale about the importance of home.
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Amelia¿s Road is a delightful book about a young girl who wants to have a place to put some roots down. The description of the land and the workers shows how much Amelia feels that the constant moving is so dull and repetitive with each season. It is a fictionalized biography. The underlining theme is a sense of belonging to a place. The author was very descriptive about place she wanted for her family to stay in and put roots down. The main character, Amelia, is different than her whole family and learns on her own about making her own ¿special place.¿ According to most bibliographies, the story included a documentary on their whole life. This story gives a brief background and really focuses on one summer while picking apples where Amelia learns about herself, a teacher who cares for her, and a way to have a special place to remember. The illustrations by Enrique Sanchez were beautiful and almost appeared to be painted with watercolors paints on each page. Some of the pages had the writing on the left page or on the bottom below the pictures. The story did not really focus on the other migrant workers, so there was limited stereotyping of people who were migrant workers. Many of the children in my classroom enjoy this story. A teaching idea would be to have each student put things that represent them in a box to school. Overall, Amelia¿s Road is a sweet story with a nice ending that coincides with the overall theme that Amelia has a place to remember even when she has to move to work.
If you are looking for a book that your migrant or bilingual students can really identify with, then this is it. This books puts in perfect words and illustrations the heartache associated with moving on a regular basis and feeling like you don't fit in anywhere. Wonderful and uplifting.