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From North to South/Del Norte al Sur Hardcover – August 17, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press; Bilingual edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892392312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892392315
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

René Colato Laínez was born in El Salvador. He is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Críticas has called René's characters "immigrant heroes." He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hi! I am Rene Colato Lainez, and I write bilingual picture books for children. I am also a bilingual teacher at Fernangeles Elementary.Come on in and celebrate the pleasure of reading in English and Spanish. My goal as a writer is to produce good multicultural children's literature; stories where minority children are portrayed in a positive way, where they can see themselves as heroes, and where they can dream and have hopes for the future. I want to write authentic stories of Latin American children living in the States.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jyotsna Sreenivasan on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This picture book was written by an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles who learned that the parents of some of his students had been deported. This painful situation led to the creation of the character of Jose, whose mother has been deported.

Although the situation is sad, the book still manages to strike a positive note. The story opens with Jose excited about driving with his father from San Diego to visit his mother in Tijuana, where she is staying at El Centro Madre Assunta, a shelter for recently deported women. Jose and his father bring clothes, photographs, and drawings for his mother. Jose helps his mother in the garden, and promises to take care of the garden at home until she is able to return.

In addition to teaching kids about immigration issues, this gentle story depicts the love of a son and mother under trying circumstances. The text is in English and Spanish.

I have included this book in my online Gender Equality Bookstore.
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Format: Hardcover
From North to South is a story of a young boy that misses his mother. Originally from Mexico, Jose's mother was deported to Tijuana for not having the proper documents to remain in the United States. In this short children's book, Jose and his father travel to Mexico to visit his mother. Although his mother is not able to return to the US until she has the proper documents, they manage to have a pleasant visit to Mexico and pray for her return to the states. This heartbreaking story reflects the real life situation of families being separated because of immigration issues. The text is written in Spanish and English.
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Format: Paperback
Read the other reviews to learn what this book is about. I want to use my space to share with you the experience my five year old granddaughter had when I read this book to her. She was ready to go outside and play when she saw me reading this book and being the curious child she is, she asked what it was about, grandma you look so sad, what is this book about? Between pages I had to stop because of my crying I could not control. My sweet granddaughter took over and read during my weeping. She had so many questions. I explained her grandpa's green card and how her great grandpa had worked in Los Angeles until he could bring his wife and children across the border legally. Finally satisfied with all of my responses to her many questions, she wrote a letter to President Obama asking for his attention to this matter and for the support of his wife because grandma, "how could anyone not want my grandpa to live here?".
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