The libraries are loaded with children’s books that address Latino culture. Some of these books provide multifaceted, culturally honest insight into the histories and experiences of Latino people. Many do not. It’s fair to say that we can easily fill a room with “multicultural” books that are superficial or even plainly dishonest.
Luckily, De Colores: “The Raza Experience in Books for Children” has recently hit the blogosphere, reviewing and critiquing “children’s and young adult books about Raza peoples throughout the Diaspora.” The blog’s contributors–a dream team of award-winning authors, educators, community activists, and artists–have already reviewed dozens of books, creating an essential resource for parents, teachers, and librarians who are interested in moving beyond token treatment of heroes and holidays. Continue reading
I just wanted to write a quick post to thank the wonderful group of ladies who came out to last night’s Vamos a Leer Book Group meeting! I always have such a wonderful time with you all–I’m so glad you take the time to join us each month! This month’s book was Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Everyone seemed to love the book. It’s definitely one to add to your “To Be Read” list! Check out our review (with a link to our Educator’s Guide) here. Continue reading
Under the Mesquite
Written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Published by Lee & Low Books, 2011
Age Level: Grades 4 and Up
Description (From GoodReads):
Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother’s battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse.
When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don’t always understand, become less important than doing whatever she can to save Mami’s life.
While her father cares for Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her seven younger siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she takes refuge in the shade of a mesquite tree, where she escapes the chaos at home to write. Forced to face her limitations in the midst of overwhelming changes and losses, Lupita rediscovers her voice and finds healing in the power of words.
Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita’s journey toward hope is captured in moments that are alternately warm and poignant. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about testing family bonds and the strength of a young woman navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience.
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I can’t believe the school year is almost over!! Time goes by so fast! We hope you’ve had as wonderful a year as we have here at Vamos a Leer. This is our last giveaway until next August when we all start back to school! Thanks so much to all of you who have visited our blog and shared your thoughts with us throughout the year. It’s wonderful to have you all stopping by. We hope you’ll continue!! Continue reading
It’s our last book group meeting of the semester! We hope you’ll join us May 6th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book. We are reading Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe García McCall.
It’s a novel-in-verse, so it could be a great follow up to April’s National Poetry Month. Here’s a sneak peek into the book:
As the oldest of eight siblings, Lupita is used to taking the lead—and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discovers Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit Mexican American family. Suddenly Lupita must face a whole new set of challenges, with new roles to play, and no one is handing her the script. Continue reading
Our last giveaway of the spring semester!! Make sure you get entered! We’re giving away 5 copies of Under the Mesquite written by Guadalupe García McCall–our featured novel for May’s book group meeting. Check out the following from School Library Journal: