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My diary from here to there
Pérez, Amada Irma.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Book Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.
General Note:
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 60558.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 1 Quiz: 35369 Guided reading level: M.
Format :


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Material Type
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Foreign Language

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This English/Spanish story begins as young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to Los Angeles where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family journey north, Amada records in her diary her fears, hopes, and dreams for their lives in the United States. Full-color illustrations."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. When young Amada overhears her parents talk about leaving their home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to find work in Los Angeles, she confides her fears, hopes, and apprehensions to her diary. In a parallel format, this bilingual edition touchingly describes Amada's concerns, which will resonate with immigrant children who have left their own family, friends, and belongings behind. Papa's reassuring tone and Amada's newly found strength in her new home are beautifully depicted in Gonzalez's imaginative, colorful double-page spreads, which show a Mexican family in busy transition. Unfortunately, in contrast to the sensitive, well-written English version, the Spanish rendition includes several colloquial or nonstandard forms and usages that some parents (and teachers) may consider unacceptable.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito again takes its inspiration from an event in the author's childhood, this time exploring the feelings of a Mexican girl on the verge of starting a new life in Los Angeles. While the rest of the family proclaims excitement at their imminent move ("They have escalators to ride!" says one of her five brothers), Amada confides her fears to her journal: "Am I the only one who is scared of leaving our home, our beautiful country, and all the people we might never see again?" Her father tells her, "You are stronger than you think," but Amada isn't sure. In the end, she indeed discovers her strength, as well as a way to keep beloved friends and relatives back in Mexico "in my memories and in my heart." Prez sensitively explores her protagonist's emotional journey, peppering the narrative with details of specific moments-Amada's last walk in the park with her best friend, an uncle's magic trick to keep up the children's spirits. Gonzalez's color-saturated vignettes unfold against eye-catching backdrops of turquoise, yellow, green and purple, and the sweeping brush strokes and bold, slightly stylized features of her characters lend the pages a folk art feel. English and Spanish versions of the text are cleanly worked into the compositions. Ages 6-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved