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Christmas is coming and Carlos and his family are going home-driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember?

At first, La Perla doesn't seem very different from the other villages they pass through. But then Carlos is swept into the festivit...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 22nd 1998 by HarperCollins (first published August 16th 1996)
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Melba Deoleo
Carlos and his family are taking a a trip back home to Mexico, a long drive across the border to a place that despite being born there Carlos and his sister do not consider home. La Perla, their parents home village, did not seem any different than the others they had passed along the way, they simply couldn't see why this place was so special to them. As the story goes on Carlos and his sister get to see why this place is so important their parents, they simply seem so happy and at peace there...more
Josie
Going Home by Eve Bunting
Illustrations by David Diaz
Published by Joanna Cotler Books Harper Collins Publishers
1996
Fiction: Picture book
Ages 6 to 9

Going Home centers around a family's journey home for Christmas. The main characters are Carlos, his sisters Nora and Dolores and his parents. They drive from California to Mexico, where Carlos' parents are from. The ideas of home and opportunities are pondered by Carlos throughout the ride. When they arrive in Mexico, Carlos sees why it holds an impor...more
Kristen
Going Home is a multicultural picture book about Mexicans. Carlos’ parents moved to America in order to have more opportunities for their children. His parents are hard farm workers. The family is going back home for Christmas. Carlos does not remember Mexico and wonders why his parents think this place is so special. This is a good picture book for young adults to read.
This picture book includes many words in Spanish which helps the story to be more realistic. The author goes into many detail...more
Samantha Sheeran
Going Home by Even Bunting is about a Latino family who is going back to Mexico. The children are unsure about going back because they have grown up in the United States their whole lives, even though they were born in Mexico. The books talks about the struggles of this Latino family and how they can only live in a house that belongs to their labor manager because they work his crops for him. Along the journey the young boy asks his parents why they left Mexico if they love it so much. The paren...more
Yesenia Sepulveda
This book's main theme is family. It seems to be stereotypical of a Mexican American family. This can be viewed positively for those who do live a similar life. However, it suggests that all Mexican families are how they are presented in the book. The family works on a field, sends money to Mexico, moved to give children a better life, and are not fluent in English. It is beautifully illustrated with vivid pictures and enticing vocabulary to make Mexican children feel at home. Eve Bunting uses s...more
Jennifer Velez
Going Home is a very special book, because Carlos’ family instead of going to the United States they are going to Mexico for Christmas, which is their home. The three children were born in Mexico, but like their parents tell them, they left Mexico to go to the United States for the “opportunities”. They don’t understand what those opportunities are; they all work very hard in the fields along with their parents. The book has many Spanish words, and Carlos is very detailed about his experience du...more
Danielle Harriger
Diversity Themed PB 5: I think this is an exemplary book for children to broaden their knowledge about different cultures and the reasons that families choose to immigrate to other countries. This book resonated with me because as a child, I always enjoyed learning about other people’s heritage that differed from mine. I think this book does a wonderful job of being descriptive, yet subtle in telling the similarities and differences between America and Mexico, and I think it is valuable to show...more
Gretchen
PB 1: This picture book was boring to me as a reader. I don't see how a child let alone an adult would enjoy reading this book. The plotline is meant to be meaningful as the parents who have worked all their lives to make a better life return to their village in Mexico with their family. The son, Carlos, has a strange voice that seems too naive in my mind for a child who has seen such struggles. The saving grace of this book may have been the illustrations. Unique and heavey-handed, the bright d...more
Christine Medunycia
This is a very pretty story of sacrifice and of "opportunities". Refugees is listed because, although it is not war - the family must relocate to survive. The children can understand - it is wonderful for the children to see their parents in another light, one of happiness and security. The illustrations are colorful and portray the emotions the author refers to.
LeAnn Forystek
I really enjoyed this book and the thoughtful of the children as they saw their parents give up happiness in Mexico to provide for their kids. I loved the descriptions of Mexico and the different lifestyle their culture has.
Lori Shook
One one hand, I thought this was a very captivating book with a touching story line and illustrations. (I actually teared up.) On the other hand it could seem as if there is a glossing over of issues. The story is about a Mexican family who moved to California for their children. They work on strawberry fields and sometimes the three children do as well. They drive back to their hometown in Mexico. The children are surprised to see their parents so happy once they return to the small village. I...more
Taylor Munson
I really enjoyed Eve Bunting's books so I decided to read another one. I particularly loved the illustrations in this book. The lesson behind this book was also appropriate to talk to children about. This children's book goes over the fact that a home can be anywhere you make it. Whether it is a place where family or friends is a place can always be a home. It is also home where your ancestors were located and there are a lot of lessons to be learned. I could even relate to this book because I a...more
Lzhao
“Going Home” by Eve Bunting is that Carlos and his families are going to La Perla in Mexico, where they came from, for Christmas from California. During the trip, Carlos and his sisters are discovering the magic in their roots. They are making connection with their roots. On the trip, Carlos and his sisters understood their parents better. I was moved when I saw that Carlos’ parents danced at midnight in the street of their hometown barefooted. I truly understand why people say that home is wher...more
Donna
Carlos and his family are going home for Christmas from California to Mexico and they aren't very happy about it. As he and his family - Mama, Papa, Nora and Dolores travel by car they experience many sights along the way. Each page of this picture book by Eve Bunting, describes a scene from their trip. They pass through small towns and "beautiful little villages where flowers hang from lampposts". They meet buses and pass men and women on bicycles. They soon arrive at their destination and see...more
Haydee Romero
Going Home is a story of a young boy, Carlos and his family trip to Mexico. Carlos has an inner conflict because he does not understand how the United States and Mexico can both be considered home. I would use this text to provide the perspective of a child from an immigrant family. As a class we can explore how families work on farms and how they travel back home for holidays. It is an opportunity for children to share their family traditions and learn from and about one another. Eve Bunting is...more
Tiffany
Genre: PB21

A cute story about a family going back to Mexico to visit relatives for Christmas. The best part of the story were the illustrations. They was a lot of depth and lines drawn into each page that you could almost skip reading the story just to see the lovely pictures. The storyline is good, but may be hard to read and understand for younger children. This story would be good for older children because it has some Spanish words in the story that help make the story come to life in a diff...more
Lynette Wells
Another story from a child's perspective. I liked this story because as a parent I feel it is very important for your children to know where they have come from. In this story they do a good example of that by taking the kids back to Mexico to see the difference in American life versus Mexican life. I really like how colorful each page was. I did not like the font that was chosen for this story. I feel that it is already a lot going on the page and the font made it worse. I also like how they ha...more
Fisal Ansari
Age:
Grades 6-12

Genre:
General fiction/Multicultural

Diversity:
Mexican immigrants in America.

Illustrations:
David Diaz does a great job of using imagery and color to share the thoughts of the character. Pictures are used along with drawings.

Personal response:
Great book because it gives us insight into the minds of migrant workers in the U.S. and what challenges they face to merely survive.

Curricular or programming connection
Writing literature lesson plan to identify themes and point out quotes. J...more
Sarah
Going is a story told through a young boy's point of view about his family traveling from California to his parents' hometown of La Perla, Mexico. The story follows them during their journey across the border, through the small villages of Mexico, and family at the grandparents' home in La Perla. The young boy struggles with his feelings and identity as a Mexican-American. At fist he feels uncomfortable and awkward in his travels to Mexico, but once he is surrounded by family in La Perla he begi...more
Teresa
This is a beautiful and colorful story of a Mexican family returning to their home town for the holidays. The children are unsure as they make their way to the town but the parents are very excited to be returning. The children learn why their parents moved to the states and how they do everything for their children. This is a wonderful book of love and family with brilliant illustrations and nice description throughout the book. Great for multiple perspectives and different places. Can be used...more
Robert Sharrock
This was a pretty good book.It includes many words in Spanish, which helps the story to be more realistic. The Bunting also goes into many details about the look and feel of Mexico. Her illustrations look like drawings and are really beautiful. They are brightly colored and do a good job of portraying the Latino culture. This book shows that not all countries are as privileged as America and that different cultures move here for opportunities. Many students today come from different countries an...more
Melissa
This is a wonderful story about a family who migrated to America for more opportunities from Mexico. The parents are taking their children back to their village, but the children have no idea what the big fuss is about compared to America; however, their minds are quickly changed when they get there - they eventually call Mexico home. The illustrations are phenomenally captivating and truly representative of Mexican culture. The text also represents Mexican culture with authentic vocabulary.
Kasmarine
Dolores, Nora, and Carlos were Mexican American. Just before Christmas, Mamma and Papa decided to take them "home" in Mexico. The children were confused because they thought America was their home. They kept questioning why call Mexico home and not living there. "Opportunities" was the answer they received. Well, the story will unveil the difficult life of a Mexican migrant worker in American and the many hardships and sacrifices they made for the sake of their children's future.
Mrs.
Wonderful book about a Mexican family living in California. They are given a house as long as they are working in the fields. For Christmas they decide to return home to visit their family. The children are apprehensive because they do not see Mexico as their home. When they arrive the realize how important Mexico is to their parents, and how happy they are there.

"There is a terrible ache in my chest. They love it here because it's home. They left home for us."
Jasmin Thompson
I enjoyed reading this book too. Carlos and his family drove home to Mexico. Carlos left Mexico at a young age, so he doesn't consider Mexico to be his home. He asked his parents, "can home be a place you don't remember?" When Carlos arrived in Mexico, he had so much fun with his grandfather and the people in the village. Carlos learned that home can be anywhere, because it stays in the hearts of the people who you love.
Sarah
The story is a slow journey that is sprinkled with a variety of details and mixed emotions. Example: "We go through beautiful little villages where flowers hang from lampposts, and the streets are made of smooth, shiny stones." As the characters travel along, the reader can see what they see. Bunting invites the readers to journey with her characters. The images are vibrant and provide even more description!
Amber Graves
Carlos and his family get ready to go to La Perla, Mexico for Christmas. He and his family live in America on a farm where his mother and father work the crops for Mr. Culloden their labor manager. Carlos’ mother wants her children to see the village that she and her husband grew up in. It is a long way to Mexico, but they’re excited to see old relatives.
The book is a good book to use to show a different culture.
Elizabeth
Carlos is confused when his father and mother call Mexico home. He was born in the United States. The family travels to Mexico during Christmas time. Carlos and his sisters are amazed by the decorated villages and relatives that have heard about so much. He learns that his parents made a big sacrifice in leaving their beloved Mexico for better opportunities. Carlos learns the true meaning of a home.
Brian Cave
This book tells of Carlos and his journey back to Mexico. His family calls Mexico home because that's where they were born. Carlos doesn't quite see it that way because he was born in America. The whole family takes a journey to see their grandparents in Mexico. Carlos is taken to festivals and other fun activities and can see why his parents still view this place as their home.
Lorie
A great story to show how parents make sacrifices for their children. I loved the illustrations that were blocked in bright bold colors. The photographs behind the pictures give the reader a deeper experience with the story. Students could interview their parents to find out what they have given up for their children or what their parents gave up for them.
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Eve Bunting is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to ho...more
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