Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro” as Want to Read:
Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In this bilingual English - Spanish story, a girl comes to the rescue of her mother when she is detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 19th 2003 by Children's Book Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.71  · 
Rating details
 ·  45 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Mercedes Arroyo
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a book discussing the immigration topic to children, this is the book for you. The book is a superhero fiction and is also bilingual. The author does great at creating the main character, Esme, to be a superhero saving her mom from border patrol. The character Esme showed bravery and could be a great role model for children. The book connected with my topic because it offered a great perspective on immigration. Immigration is a part of Latin American culture because many L ...more
Sonia Rodriguez
Upon learning that her mother has been detained at the border, Esmeralda Sinfronteras transforms into a superhero to rescue her mother from ICE. She uses the power of cilantro to grow taller than a house, with hair longer than a bus, and skin so green it could have only come from cilantro. Super Cilantro Girl flies to the border, climbs the dark and dreary detention center to her mother’s window, and simply picks her up and puts her in her pocket and they fly home. The ICE agents are so mesmeriz ...more
Gerardo Rodriguez
This story is about a young girl who battles the foes of those who keep her mom away in the largest holding cell known to man. She is a hero who uses the power of cilantro to help visit and free her mother from a holding cell where she is being held for not being properly documented. The main theme of the story is connected to a larger issue that is seen heavily in Hispanic Culture, and that topic is immigration. I wanted to use this topic for my Text Set because I wanted to get an insight and a ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Age of Readership:



bilingual picture book


Mexican-American/border region


Done by Honorio Robledo Tapia, painted and very native in nature. Large features (eyes, mouth). Very colorful, every page, with full backgrounds of wherever Super Cilantro Girl is.

Personal Response:

I actually found this book a little scary. The forward by Juan Felipe Herrera states the book is to show how easily families can become separated by the border, and what a tragedy the border situ
Katherine Fountain
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: esol
While the bilingual text and plot would be great for English Language Learners and a diverse classroom, I found the facial images in the pictures to be rather scary and the book is much more intense than I was expecting for a children's book. The story is about an immigrant family from Mexico who is separated at the Mexican-American border through detainment and the young child makes a bouquet from Cilantro since that is all they can afford. While very intense, the story depicts the harsh realit ...more
Fisal Ansari
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Age of readership: Ages 4-8

Genre: Picture Book

Diversity: Cultural/

Illustrations: Drawings, pencil colors used. Lots of green to symbolize the border issues with U.S. and Mexico.

My response to the book: I thought that this was a good book to share the plight of Mexican immigrants who seek a better life in the U.S. and the border issues that are relevant to them.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: text-set
This book creates a wild imagination. Maybe non-fictional but has a great problem and some type of solution. This also incorporates older and newer generations and showing the importance. The illustrations are very catchy and intriguing. I liked the book and kept wanting to read on. This book can help children imagine and realize anything can happen.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: esol
Though I really didn't like this book, I can see how it can be used in an ESOL classroom. Children in general love the thought of a Superhero and if you can find a book that interests them, half of the work is done. The translations are great for learning English. Some kids would love the illustrations and that alone may break the ice.
Breana Fitzgerald
This book would be a great book to read to a class that has multiple Spanish speaking children in it. The book give the English first then next to it is in Spanish. I would read the English part and ask if one of my Spanish speaking children would like to help read the Spanish part.
Priscilla Schelling
This story is written bilingually in Spanish and English, so it would be a great resource for an ELL student. The adventure cilantro girl takes is to take care of her mother because of her loyalty to and love of her. However, the plot is not the best plot I've ever come across.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
The pictures freaked me out, bold, colorful, but the faces of the characters were scary. The text is in both English and Spanish, which would be helpful for reading at home and for ELL (Spanish speaking) families.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a fan of the art.
N_maryellen Rosenblum
This book was amazing and dealt with the idea of green cards and borders in a very child-friendly way. I will definitely buy this book and add it to my classroom library/children's library.
Katy Houseman
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book that would be wonderful for ELL`s. It is written in both English and Spanish, and it is a story that an ELL might can relate too. ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and illustrated, addressing one of the important core issues in the USA, this book adroitly promotes the opening of frontiers between Mexico and the USA.
Sarah Hannah
Nope. So close, but nope.
rated it did not like it
Oct 25, 2018
rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2019
rated it liked it
Apr 09, 2015
rated it it was ok
May 04, 2012
Eric Wheeler
rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2018
rated it it was ok
May 26, 2016
rated it liked it
Apr 02, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2007
Victoria Law
rated it it was amazing
Sep 20, 2011
Allison HedgeCoke
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2007
Joe Eyres
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Juan Felipe Herrera is the only son of Lucha Quintana and Felipe Emilio Herrera; the three were campesinos living from crop to crop on the roads of the San Joaquín Valley, Southern California and the Salinas Valley. Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 1997. He is a ...more