17th out of 72 books — 18 voters
From North to South/Del Norte al Sur
Jose loves helping Mama in the garden outside their home in California. But when Mama is sent back to Mexico for not having citizenship papers, Jose and his Papa face an uncertain future. What will it be like to visit Mama in Tijuana? When will she be able to come home? Award-winning children's book author Rene Colato Lainez tackles the difficult and timely subject of fami...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Children's Book Press
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From North to South is a multicultural book about a young boy, Jose, and his family. Jose's mother is sent back to Mexico for not having proper immigration papers. Jose and his father travel to Mexico where they visit his mother and the children that she works with in the garden she has there. His mother stays there and tells Jose that she will come home to California as soon as she gets her papers. This is a wonderful story that children can relate too and is a very realistic story.
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"From North to South"/"Del Norte al Sur" is the heartbreaking story of a young boy separated from his mother. The story is told from the boy's point of view. The boy was born in the United States, his father has legal status, but his mother was deported for being an undocumented immigrant. Now, he and his father visit his mother in Tijuana every weekend. The author, Rene Colato Lainez, is a teacher whose students know the hardship of families broken up by deportation. Young Jose visits his mothe...more
This is a bilingual book, with both English and Spanish on each page. This is beneficial in particular for Spanish-speaking ELLs who are able to read Spanish because they can then make the connection to the English. The teacher could have the student read the book in Spanish, and then the teacher could read it aloud to them or help them read it in English. The book can also benefit Spanish-speaking students who do not read yet because the teacher should be able to read and at least approximate t...more
A bilingual book which is good for ESL learners. It's about a boy who gets to go visit his mother whom he has missed dearly. When visiting his mother he hangs out with other children who have been taken from the states and had to go back to Mexico. During his visit he planted flowers with the other children and spent some alone time with his mother. It is a good book especially for students who are immagrants and have to deal with being seperated from their families. Very nice pictures.
An excellent book for children that brings actual themes that touch home: immigration, border life, deportation. Children need to understand the current issues we are facing in our communities and become critical thinkers that can identify important issues that can impact their friends and family.
Nov 28, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Wonderfully written bilingual story about a painful reality facing many immigrant families. One thing that bothers me about Cepeda's illustrations is that the faces of all his characters look the same.
Feb 28, 2012 Hatka Prozorac rated it 4 of 5 stars
The book From North to South by Rene Colato Lainez focuses on Mexican and American cultures. The book addresses struggles faced by many Mexicans which live in America. The book can also be used to describe family structure. This book can be used in Kindergarten- 5 grade classrooms.
René Colato Laínez is the Salvadoran award winning author of I Am René, the Boy/ Soy René, el niño, Waiting for Papá/ Esperando a Papá, and Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería. His picture books have been honored by the Latino Book Award, the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the California Collection for Elementary Readers, the Tejas Star Book Award Selection and the New Mexico Book...moreMore about Rene Colato Lainez...