Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight For Their American Dream
ISBN: 0823440559
EAN13: 9780823440559
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2018
Pages: 40
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 11.3" L x 9.4" W
Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Winner of the 2019 Pura Belpr Illustrator Award
A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of 2018

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.

She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams. . . and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpr winner Yuyi Morales's gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly's passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay Read More chevron_right

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   Public libraries offer new immigrants a place to dream.
The book was purchased for my 5 year old granddaughter. It's a beautiful story of a woman and her baby migrating to the United States, said Nadim Hajdu, executive director of the UN refugee agency. The woman and child, for example, find the value of public libraries and getting a card.
   Terrible portrayal of immigrants
The message of this book is clear immigrants are hapless and inferior until they discover wonderful white libraries, he said. Immigrants don't come to this country with dreams of their own until they are enlightened, he said. And don't get me going about the cops running down the mother and her child.
   Beautiful Words and Images
After reading, Esperanza, by Pam Ryan, I asked one of my students to read the rest of the book. The students were excited to see their classmate display her ever-improving reading skills. The class helped students compare and contrast immigrant experiences at public libraries and at home. The book allows students to make personal connections with the story as well as express appreciation for the rich narrative shared by Yuyi Morales. A beautiful book with an exceptional author connection at the end of the book. As a teacher, there are tons of extension lessons I can do year after year, including figurative language activities, identifying and contrasting ideas, and creating books of self discovery and blossoming resilience.
   A terrific, intimate story of a mother and her son who immigrated to the United States.
A picture book, "The Bodyguard" by James Frey is also a bestseller. I love the author's work, and the illustrations are beautiful and engaging. Her story is unique and appealing, and McCann's book is also highly recommended. I work in libraries and I'm very appreciative of her love of libraries and reading, Raymond said. The author's story is, in part, a story of growth as an artist and storyteller. Her relationship with her child is special. 0 3171616 This is very special, Diana said.
This book is amazing not only for its content but the images in every page allow the book to come alive, Gaiman said. It is poetic and powerful, a must for children because it is so simple, said Dr. Julie Mason, director of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. For those who are Dreamers, you will surely connect with this book because the writer is speaking to you and about you with Corazon and Respeto.
   Beautiful Story, Beautiful Art, Much Needed today.
OMG! What a great day! If you don't have a copy of this in your home, you should have it. I moved to the US when I married Yuyi and his journey seriously touched home with me. She is an amazing artist and writer, Raymond said. This book is truly inspirational.
   A book about hope, a book about love.
I have read many, many, many, amazing books. It's beautiful, rich, colorful, and interesting, he said. The story of how books open up the world to us and allow us to have hope, to learn, to dream, Mrs. Cowger said. Pauley, Jr., said: "This book is very important to our time. Please share this book with your students. He urged his listeners to "send that message of hope to the world."
   Lots of figurative language
It opened up a great discussion with my kindergarteners about immigration and those trying to make a better life for their families, Mrs. Caramore said. I gave it 3 stars because it took me some time to get through because I had to stop a lot and explain what the author meant. If this was read to a few second graders it would be a five star rating.
The illustrations, by Pauley, are truly exceptional. I love the contrast of the bright colors with the darker tones. The colors of the mother's skirt, the unique items that adore the pages, and the creatures that make their appearance, all make you stop and stare at the pages a little longer. In a new land, a woman and her child become immigrants. Confused and unable to communicate in this new world, the woman does the best she can yet she makes many mistakes. In a library, two kids wander into a world of open books. The writer, Sandra Day O'Connor, also includes her own personal story in the back of the book. Yuyi and her son Kelly left Mexico City for the United States in 1994. After reading her story, I needed to reread her picture book. Yuyi also includes a long list of books that she says inspired her to become a writer.
   Gorgeous and meaningful
Yuyi's dream came true, if we build bridges instead of walls. Bridges, for example, love books and reading.