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Alfredito and his family are getting ready to return to their old home in El Salvador for Christmas, their first time back since they left as refugees. But they will make this trip on a plane — the first time any of them has ever flown. The excitement mounts as they drive to the airport, get on the plane and fly up into the air, each step bringing an increasing level of ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Groundwood Books (first published September 28th 2007)
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Cherilyn Munoz
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story offers a different perspective, instead of migrating to the U.S. this story is offering a different perspective on how the children feel traveling back to their home country if possible. The book is age appropriate and is able to have a rich plot. The child, Alfredito is able to tell his experience down from being nervous and the different details he pays attention to as children always do. He was able to describe how he was so excited that he went to sleep with his clothes on without ...more
L13F_Jana Wilkening
This 2008 America's Award Commended title follows a young boy, Alfredito, and his family as they plan to leave California and go home to El Salvador for Christmas. This will be their first time on a place which brings excitement to all. When they arrive in El Salvador, Alfredito calls it his "best Christmas ever" because of the family, traditions, familiarity, and sense of belonging that being "home" brings him. The illustrations are extremely life-like and textured. There is a useful glossary ...more
Children's Literature Project
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational, rosa
Reading Level: Grades 1-2

Summary: Alfredito and his family are refugees from El Salvador who live in California after crossing the border. They have not been able to return to their country, but now the family is planning to spend the Christmas holiday in El Salvador. Alfredito is excited about his return trip by airplane, and looks forward to finally being reunited with his beloved family.

Lesson Integration: This book can be used to incorporate multicultural diversity into the classroom.
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Haydee Romero
The story is about Alfredito and his family, immigrants living in San Fransisco, returning home after four years. Argueta describes beautifully the emotions of Alfredito and the etails of the trip. I would use this book in a classroom of older students because it is longer. Argueta’s book can be used to help students possibly relate to the story. Students can learn about an immigrants experience through the story and allow discussion of their feelings if in Alfredito’s shoes. The book would also ...more
Rekha
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although the artwork was not my favorite style, the text and plot were really nicely done. Seldom have I seen a nicer picture book depiction of an immigrant family going back to their country of origin and the joy and sadness and homesickness of the experience. It made me remember how I felt when I went home for visits as a child.
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