From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A story about new beginnings. The Pati-o family relocates from Mexico and must adjust to all the changes that living in the U.S. brings. Ana starts school, her father finds work with Uncle Luis in the canning factory, but her mother has a more difficult time with the transition. It is only after one of her children becomes ill that Mam is willing to learn the new language. The text contains Spanish questions and phrases that are repeated in English. The oil paintings support the text and show Ana's adjustment as well as her mother's unhappiness. The characters' growth and new experiences show how a family pulls together and makes its new surroundings "home."-Diane Milliken, Las Brisas Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ
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Ages 5-8. Ana and her family have recently arrived in the U.S. from Mexico. Ana goes to school, and her papa has a job, but Mama stays home with the twin toddlers, isolated and unable to speak English. Although told from Ana's point of view, this is really the mother's story. Mrs. Patino is embarrassed in the grocery story, and she panics when one of the boys gets sick and she can't ask for help. In bibliotherapeutic fashion, Ana and her father persuade Mama to go to English class, where she learns the language, passes her test perfectly, and even successfully deals with the clerk who overcharged her at the grocery store. Despite the rather dutiful text, this highlights a problem many immigrant children must deal with--the inability or unwillingness of a parent to learn English. The sturdy illustrations, handsomely executed in oils, are most successful when depicting the expressions of the characters: fear, pleasure, and, eventually, hope. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved