Presented by Daisha Friedly - Section C
Illustrator: David Diaz
Genre: General Fiction Multicultural
Theme/Subject: Changes, new experiences, family life, neighborhood life, Hispanic and American
About the Author
Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature, and the Edgar. Bunting is no longer writing and is currently living in Pasadena, California.
About the Illustrator
Criteria for High Quality Multicultural Literature
- Themes are consistent with the values, beliefs, customs, traditions, and conflicts of the specific cultural group. In this book it is very clear that the characters hold pride in where they come from and how they were raised. They also talk in Spanish, which is their first language. Also, it is clear that the parents are having a hard time with English because the children have to help them out. This is a common problem when people come to the United States when they are older.
- Social issues and conflicts related to cultural groups should be treated honestly, accurately, and openly. The children are nervous about going back to Mexico. They double check to make sure their dad has the papers so they can get in and out of Mexico. This is a common problem in our society today because immigration is so hard for many people to attain.
- Characters should authentically reflect the distinct cultural experiences of a specific culture group. In this story, the parents moved to America to give their children better opportunities than they had in Mexico, but they want to go back when they can. This happens a lot today. People do not leave their country because they do not like it, they leave for a better life.
ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges
The students will describe how a main character is feeling after a major event in the literature using evidence from the text to support their reasoning.
- The teacher will start by asking the class if anyone knows someone that had to move to the United States from their home country for some reason. If any students know someone they can share with the class how that person felt when he/she had to move, why they had to move, and if they miss their home country.
- Then the teacher will introduce the book. She will let the class know that they are going to focus on how the characters in the book may be feeling.
- As she reads the book she should ask the students how characters may feel after big events and why they might be feeling that way.
- After reading that book as a class, the students will write a journal entry from one of the characters after on of the events from the book. For example, Write about Mama would have felt when she found out that the family was going to be able to go back and visit their family and friends in Mexico.
- Then, they will write their evidence from the book on the back to justify what they wrote.
- Once the students are done writing students will find a partner and share what they wrote with each other.