Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream Audio CD – Audiobook, September 10, 2018
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About the Author
Yuyi Morales is a Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpre award-winning author and illustrator. Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, she has a strong bond with the magical stories that run in her family. Since immigrating to the United States, she has drawn from her legacy and heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works in children's literature.
Adriana Sananes is an award-winning actress who performed as a lead with New York's Repertorio Espanol for ten years. Now also a voiceover artist, she narrated the documentary Children of Fate, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award, and she has recorded over one hundred audiobooks, including the Spanish version of Pulitzer Prize winner Enrique's Journey, for which she won an Audie.
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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!