SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS by Jorge Argueta
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SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS

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With tenderness and humanity, this bilingual book describes the hopes, fears, and uncertainties of the thousands of displaced children that arrive every year at the southern border of the United States.

Every year thousands of children from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico leave their home countries and undertake a perilous journey across hundreds of miles in the hope of reaching the United States. They are fleeing crushing poverty and the fear of violence. Some are fleeing with their families, some are hoping to be reunited with a parent or relative in the U.S., and some are leaving parents and siblings behind. How to portray such a hard and harsh reality? Employing free verse, Argueta manages to evoke moments and feelings, softening the rough edges while remaining true to his subject. In poems that follow the harrowing journey, readers keep pace with the children who narrate. They describe their hometowns, the dangers of life in gang-dominated areas, their decisions to leave, border crossings and indecision over whether to turn back or go on, the inhospitable landscapes they traverse only to be met in the end by the border patrol, and, finally, safety in their mothers’ arms. Ruano’s realistic artwork conveys an immediacy that complements and extends the poems, allowing readers not familiar with the experience to be able to “see” it.

Poignant, heartbreaking, and, sadly, timely. (author’s note) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 8 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-55498-849-5
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Groundwood
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016




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