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This story is absolutely amazing and so well written. A window into the realities of the latinx/latine community. Also, a beautiful way to share the hardships some families navigate for a better future, I know my children had many questions and spent time reflecting after we read this book.
Areli is a Dreamer is a true story by DACA recipient, Areli Morales.
She lived in Mexico with her grandmother while she waited for her parents to bring her to America. The day arrives and Areli has to say good bye to her loving grandmother.
When she gets to New York, she is so happy to see her family. Yet, New York did not feel like home. In school, she doesn’t speak the language and other kids tease her and call her “illegal.”
Then she learns about citizenship, the Constitution, and Immigration in the United States, all while learning the English language.
During her field trip to Ellis Island she realizes she does belong. Immigrants make America. She emboldens her hopes and dreams, and becomes determined to fulfill them.
This is a story of hope and overcoming your fears in order to pursue your dreams. Immigrant children are often teased or humiliated by others, but this story teaches resiliency and to be proud of your immigration story.
Anyone with big dreams can achieve their dreams no matter what the political climate is in our country.
This book captures the immigration experience for young children so perfectly. The multiple losses through separation was something that I have never seen presented so poignantly without belaboring the point. The undocumented experience is hard for everyone but more so for children who have no say in the decision. This book gives voice to that experience both for those living it and for their peers. I hope every parent committed to raising empathic children in a global community buys it.
Many children and adults will see themselves reflected in this book. It is beautifully written and the illustrations are magnificent. Through Areli's story, we see her leave her home country and the adjustment to a new life in a new country. It is also a story of hope for other young Dreamers. I think this book can be used in classrooms and homes to start conversations about immigration not only with young children but adults too.
This book is beautifully written and illustrated. It describes what it feels like to be a Dreamer without overreaching. A good resource for any age but a lovely way to open the conversation with children. Great gift for children’s ministries.
Sobbed from the first page to last page. What an important book. I had an amazing conversation with my 6 year old niece after reading this. I hope every kid (and adult) has the opportunity to read this. I hope Areli accomplishes her dream and reads this to the kids she teaches in her own classroom.
As someone who is an immigrant and moved here as a child this book really brought out so many emotions and memories. It reminded me of my own journey and my trauma. It is a beautifully written book and I think everyone should read it and own it. It helps you understand the experiences of children that have immigrated and how hard it is to assimilate and fit in.
This book is great for children, I bought a few to give out to a local elementary school for their ENL program. The students were excited to see a story with a child that looked like them. Overall, the story is wonderful and gives representation to people who otherwise do not have a lot of representation, such as Areli!