Congratulations to the winner of last week’s giveaway and thank you to all who commented! This week, you have a chance to win another giveaway package, which includes the book Nacer Bailando and the English language edition, Dancing Home.
We are grateful to Alma Flor Ada, who not only co-authored this book with Gabriel M. Zubizarreta, but also donated the copies we are able to give away today! School Library Journal recommends the book for grades three through six (ages eight to twelve) and features a review written by Helen Foster James: Continue reading →
Well, it’s that time already! It’s time for Thanksgiving, and while we here at Vamos a Leer encourage people to take a step back from traditional notions of this holiday that promote stereotypes, we do acknowledge that this holiday does represent family time. In keeping with this tradition, this week I would like to share with you a book about what happens when family comes for a visit and they are different than us–or so we think.
This week, we will be looking at Alma Flor Ada’s Dancing Home. In this book, which is most appropriate for students in grades three to six, ten year old Margie is ecstatic to learn that her cousin, Lupe, will be coming from Mexico to join their family in Texas. However, once Lupe (who doesn’t speak English) joins Margie in her class, Margie becomes embarrassed by her cousin. Margie has worked hard to fit in with her classmates and to be an American, but by default Lupe’s arrival reminds people of Margie’s Mexican roots. While one girl tries to shake the image of what it means to be Mexican, the other tries to adjust to life in the United States. Continue reading →