I SPEAK ENGLISH FOR MY MOM by Muriel Stanek

I SPEAK ENGLISH FOR MY MOM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another of Stanek's bibliotherapeutic titles on children's problems. Lupe and her mother, Rosa, have come to Chicago from Mexico at the behest of Lupe's now-deceased father to make a better life. While her mother has found a job at a factory where everyone speaks Spanish, Lupe must serve as her translator with doctors, teachers, etc.--in other words, on any occasion when English is required--a situation that Lupe describes with love, but also with growing frustration. Finally, the need to get a new job where English will be required motivates Rosa to take English language classes; as the story closes, the two share pride in her accomplishment. This simple story, augmented by black-and-white drawings, concretely demonstrates the problems confronted by families in which the parents don't speak English; it will be useful in collections serving such populations, even though it is not especially distinguished in text or illustration.

ISBN: 8075-3659-8
Publisher: Whitman
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