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Going Home (Trophy Picture Books) Paperback – August 22, 1998

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With its remarkable illustrations and its affectionate portrait of a migrant family, Eve Bunting's latest book is a jewel. Carlos, his parents, and his sisters visit the family village in Mexico. Mama and Papa are very excited, but the kids don't know what all the fuss is about. If they really love Mexico, what could be the point of leaving for America just for "opportunities"?

As they watch their parents with the family, and sneak a peek at the two of them dancing in the moonlight to a song only they can hear, Carlos understands. "They love it here because it's home. They have left home for us." With clarity, warmth, and very few words, Bunting has explained those ever-new American dreamers to yet another generation. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Fiesta-bright" art ignites this "joyous" tale of a Mexican American family's Christmastime trip to the parents' home in Mexico, said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Trophy Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064435091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064435093
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is very touching...it sensitively portrays the sacrafices Mexican immigrants have to make to move to America for their children to have a better life. Very well done themes of parental love, long car trips, the sadness of leaving one's home country, sibling realtionships, husband and wife being romantic (tasteful and age-appropriate), and a child's growing understanding of the complexities of life. Buy and read it to every child (and adult) you know.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Faith M. Philpott on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Eve Bunting takes her readers on journey with a Mexican family going home for Christmas. The text she uses is elegantly written. Through the feelings expressed by Carlos and his family you get a real sense of the Mexican culture and the importance of family. David Diaz's illustrations lead you into the journey with Carlos and his family. With the use of collaged background and inset illustrations the pages come alive. The text of Bunting and the illustrations of Diaz give you the sense of being there. This is a book that a child of any age would enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By madbee on November 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Eve Bunting's books have a wisdom that transcends their simple stories. As an ESL teacher and a teacher in classes with immigrant students, I have often shared this book with middle school students and adults. In a brief and poetic narrative, it tells the universal story of parents sacrificing so their children will have a better life, through the eyes of a child. The adults in my ESL classes love it and take it home to read to their children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This story is well told, with a nice pace and sense of language. Diaz is up to his usual standards, creating a colorful world that you just want to hop right into. Judge this book by its cover - it's beautiful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clyde D. Willson on February 15, 2010
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As a grandfather, I have been impressed with many of the books which Eve Bunting, working with a variety of illustrators, has created for children. "Going Home" is one of these. With good drawings, and a simple, touching story, it is appropriate for almost any age. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Young on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
An immigrant family is going back home to Mexico for Christmas. They originally left home so that they and their children would have greater opportunities. As the children watch their parent's excitement as they dance in the streets of their hometown, they realize that Mexico is part of who they and their parents are. Richly illustrated, the book features colorful drawings of the family as they travel and visit Mexico. Designed for first and second generation immigrants, the book shows the value of going home and the richness left behind.
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I am a third grade teacher, and I read Going Home by Eve Bunting to my class every year, just before they go on Christmas break. It is about a California migrant farmworking family journeying home to Mexico to celebrate Christmas with family there for the first time in many years, so their kids had no memories of the sweet little town they were born in. They learn two important lessons: This place is so important and loved by their parents because it is their true home. Their family is here. Their heart is here. And second: Their parents gave all this up, this place and life they love, to give their children opportunities--better education, better job opportunities. Eve Bunting does a brilliant job of giving migrant farm workers a face, a voice and a heart.

We talk about how all families make sacrifices for their kids and this is an important connection to make during the holidays when good things seem to fall from the sky. This book makes a huge point to children to be grateful for everything their parents do for them.

I suggest as a follow up book, December also by Eve Bunting, where a homeless mother and son receive a Christmas miracle, again, as a result of generosity of heart and sacrifice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on March 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
The country where you were born rarely stops being home. Especially if you lived there for very long. This book highlights a family from the United States whose parents come from Mexico. The parents still feel very strongly that Mexico is home though they are firmly planted in the US. The kids are very uncomfortable with the knowledge. They prefer to speak English and feel that the US is home. What is this place their parents call home? What if they want to stay there? How do their parents really about about home in the US which the kids consider home? It's a confusing dilemma for kids and parents have to have mixed feelings too.
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