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My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Grade 3-7-A collection of 27 insightful poems that limn the migrant experience from the point of view of a grade school child from Mexico. Jorge doesn't want to be called George. He thinks the name sounds strange. "What an ugly sound!/Like a sneeze!" His struggles to fit in result in a friendship with a boy named Tim; a tentative coming to terms with American society; and some degree of sadness when, upon his grandmother's death, his family must cross the river again. The poems, and the accurate English translations, are well laid out on the page and neatly complemented by primitive-looking scratchboard illustrations. While not as sprightly as Francisco X. Alarc-n's Laughing Tomatoes/Jitomates Risue-os (Children's Book Press) or as deeply moving and celebratory as Alma Flor Ada's Gathering the Sun (Lothrop, both 1997), this book does carry significant emotional poignancy. An excellent choice to pair with Francisco Jim?nez's La Mariposa (Houghton, 1998), it depicts the sometimes painful experience of adjusting to a new language and a new culture.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English, Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I would definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to address community in the classroom or to help kids focus on seeing someone else's point of view in a situation. While this book could be used with any age, I would advise it to be taken in a serious context for younger students or children, not necessarily as light reading.
I felt the book did also help teachers understand the importance of learning how to say a student's name correctly. As well as it helps explain what the student might be felling or thinking. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who works with students from outside of the United States.