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Dreamers Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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From the Publisher
2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Read Across Texas Statewide Program
Praise for Dreamers . . .
"An immigrant's tale steeped in hope, dreams, and love . . . a resplendent masterpiece."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Sparkling . . . what it's like to become a creative being in two languages, and to learn to love in both."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Every page of Dreamers vibrates with energy, depicting the emotions, the turmoil, the stress and the joy that come with creating a new life."
—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
Caldecott Honor book and six-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in Dreamers, a picture book tribute to the transformative power of hope and reading.
★ "An immigrant's tale steeped in hope, dreams, and love. . . . Details in the art provide cultural markers specific to the U.S., but the story ultimately belongs to one immigrant mother and her son. Thanks to books and stories (some of her favorites are appended), the pair find their voices as 'soñadores of the world.' A resplendent masterpiece."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "The narrative text is poetic and full of emotion. . . . the mixed-media illustrations are breathtaking, created through painting, drawing, photography, and embroidery. The joyous imagination and intricacy of each illustration will make readers of all ages explore them further. . . . "—Booklist, Starred Review
"Dreamers is a paean to libraries, to reading and writing and creativity, a value statement I endorse wholeheartedly. Dreamers aims for the glorious and the poetic; it's big, passionate, crammed with detail."—The New York Times Book Review
★ "The magical art marries the succinct and powerful narrative in a resplendent celebration of literacy, language, and the transformative power of the picture book form . . . This excellent memoir encapsulates the fears, hopes, and dreams that come along with immigrating to a new place . . . A timely and much-needed selection."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
★ "Every page of Dreamers vibrates with energy, depicting the emotions, the turmoil, the stress and the joy that come with creating a new life."—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
★ "The gently hopeful text offers its best optimism when rooted in Morales’ own experience. The immersive magical reality of the art is the real glory here; the mixed-media illustrations, including acrylic paint, drawing, and bits of collage, are full-bleed spreads that depict the library as a milieu every bit as startling and novel to the speaker as the U.S. itself."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
★ "A wise book and, to praise it in its own words, 'resplendent,' an eloquent vision of the 'resilience' and 'hope' of the 'dreamers, soñadores of the world.'"—The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
"Morales tells, through illustrations that seem to dance and sing, the story of crossing borders on a bridge of language with her young son. Together they discover picture books and public libraries, and the gifts they brought with them — open hearts, art, poetry and stories — blossom."—The Washington Post, Best Books of 2018
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It’s a story told by a loving mother to her small child. In the U.S., so much to learn, to see, to experience; it boggles the mind. Author/artist Morales conveys the confusion with her eloquent, lively pictures that kids will delight in. She shows a dry humor when she minimizes some experiences in her narration, but the pictures tell the real tale. Then she discovers a library and finds out she and her son can borrow books. As she reads to her son, her thoughts float in the air - wild and ecstatic. Morales wants to share her love of books and many kids will absorb this like sponges to water.
Most of all, she embodies the warm and brave spirit that so many immigrants bring to the U.S. Teachers, parents, if you want your kids to take comfort that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and to know that books will help them to get there, this one’s for you.
Morales includes a list of books that inspired her (for all ages) and her personal story at the end of the book.
Here’s a super quick summary. Mother and son immigrate to the United States. They don’t speak English. They are afraid and disoriented in their new home, and then…They find the public library and find rest for their weary souls.
Here’s just a taste…
“Books became our language. Books became our home. Books became our lives. We learned to read, to speak, to write, and to make our voices heard.”
This is a picture book we should all read, young and old. The message is a beautiful one of love, hope, trust, determination, acceptance, and gratitude. This book should win a Caldecott Medal. Oh, and shhhhh…ALL our grandchildren will be receiving it this Christmas!