Based on a true story! Join a young boy and his father on an arduous journey from Mexico to the United States in the 1980s to find a new life. They’ll need all the courage they can muster to safely cross the border la frontera and to make a home for themselves in a new land. Inspired by the childhood immigration experience of co-author Alfredo Alva, this story of perseverance is told in both Spanish and English to empower language-learning. Includes 4 pages of endnotes that unpack facts about Alfredo’s story and other stories like his / borders and borders around the world to help parents and educators talk with children about immigration, resilience, empathy and belonging.
A Junior Library Guild Selection for the 2018 elementary Spanish category.
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La Frontera: El viaje con papá / The Border: My Journey with Papa based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I love that this book is a true story, told by Alva with the help of Mills. The book is written in English and Spanish. These types of bilingual books, with the words side-by-side, make it a wonderful opportunity for kids to start to pick up second languages. The story is told simply, with Alva narrating it from the point of view that he saw as a young child. It seems so innocent, but you realize this is a true story of a father and son leaving their family to cross from Mexico to the USA in search of amnesty and a new life. It is really a powerful story. Navarro’s illustrations portray a folk art setting that captures the spirit of the story perfectly. They truly are beautiful, with bright colors and big scenes. There is an excellent section in the back of the book with real photographs, a map, information about immigration, and more about Alva and his family. I wholeheartedly recommend this true story to kids, as it will hopefully enlarge their worldview. Please note I received a free review copy of this book.