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A New Home

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  43 reviews
As a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City ponder moving to each other's locale, it becomes clear that the two cities -- and the two children -- are more alike than they might think.

But I'm not sure I want to leave my home.
I'm going to miss so much.

Moving to a new city can be exciting. But what if your new home isn't anything like your old home? Will you make friends?/>I'm/>But
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Alex  Baugh
Moving can be traumatic when you are a child, but here is a book that might help ease some of the anxiety kids might feel about moving. A boy living in New York City and a girl living in Mexico City are about to move - he to Mexico City, she to NYC, but both have fear and trepidation. Neither wants to move because they are afraid they will miss a lot of things that they love about the city they already live in - things like going to a ball game, playing in the park, visiting a museum, or heading ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
In this book, a little boy is about to move from New York to Mexico City, while a little girl is about to make the same move in reverse. The text reflects the apprehension of both children as they wonder what their lives in their new homes will be like. As they question whether they will find friends, good food, places to play, etc. in their new city, the illustrations show each one enjoying things that the other will likely discover when arriving in their new home. The back of the book explains ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Moving Internationally and/or Comparing Two Cities
Author/illustrator Tania de Regil, a native of Mexico City who studied fashion design in New York City, creates a love letter to both metropolises in this wonderful picture-book. As a young New York boy worries about moving to Mexico City with his parents, a young Mexican girl frets about her own family's upcoming move, in the opposite direction. Their concerns, and fear that they will be terribly homesick for the sights, sounds and experiences of home, are parallel to one another, something cap ...more
Chance Lee
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
This book is a precious story. Not as in a cloying "isn't that precious," but as in, a truly treasurable and universal story about leaving your home, feeling scared and lost, and hoping for the best in a new place.

Told in parallel, the boy on side of the page is moving from New York City to Mexico City, and the girl on the other side is moving from Mexico City to New York City. The text is straightforward and spans both pages, showing us how both kids have the same fears and wishes. The illustr
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Very nice dual-perspective picture book! It captured city life in Mexico City and New York City really well too.
Interesting picture book about to kids going to different cities. I loved the artwork.
Mary Lee
One child moves from Mexico City to New York City, and the other from New York City to Mexico City. Their worries are the same. They'll both be okay.
Two children form different parts of the world move to new locations.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the backmatter that contained small illustrations with information about popular places in New York City and Mexico City.
Jared White
The book begins with the sentences, "Mom and Dad told me that we are moving to Mexico city" (with a non-Latino, Caucasian boy in the picture) and "Mama and Papa told me that we are moving to New City." (with a Latina girl in the picture). Hereafter, each sentence is said by both of them at the same time and the pictures show how those things and experiences are similar in New York and in Mexico City.

"What if there is nowhere for me to play in my new city?" and the pictures show a park in winter
A boy and a girl are about to go through similar experiences as his family is moving from New York City to Mexico City and hers is relocating from Mexico City to New York City. Although they don't know each other, as it turns out, they have very similar fears and concerns about leaving the things they love behind and having to get used to a new place. I especially liked how the book begins with their two separate voices pondering their moves and then blends the two voices so that they are saying ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This debut picture book tackles the topic of children moving not only to a new home but to a new country. A boy is moving from New york City to Mexico City and a girl is moving in the opposite direction Both are having their doubts and fears because they will leave behind their familiar surroundings. Sentences are completed underneath or in between two different illustrations. The spread will show both views, street scenes and experiences in similar situations but different cities. For example b ...more
J.L. Slipak
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like the artwork for this book, but after turning the pages, I am happy to say... they're brilliant! However, the most important thing, I feel, is the message this book conveys, especially with the way some countries are struggling with political and social issues.

These two children show that their homes are not really different from the other, each child sharing
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether we move from city to city within the same state, move to a different state in the same country or leave our country's borders, our apprehension prior to the move finds its center in the people and places we are leaving behind. Thoughts of using technology to connect with people, and even places, does lessen the worry, but it's still not the same as real life encounters. As soon as we arrive at our new destination, sometimes even before we begin to settle, we start to explore our surround ...more
A boy from New York and a girl from Mexico City are sad as they tell of the things they will miss when they move to the new city their parents have told them about. The girl to New York City, the boy to Mexico City - trading places! In the same brief text (it will be a surprise when reading aloud) the special things and places emerge. One example is: "But what if there is nowhere for me to play in my new city?" shows the boy ice-skating at Central Park and the girl riding her bicycle at Bosque d ...more
Moving to a new home can be scary and difficult for anyone of any age. But for young children, leaving a place that they've lived in forever to go to someplace completely new, the change can bring up all sorts of questions. The two kids in this clever picture book are basically changing places. The little boy is moving from New York City to Mexico City, and the little girl is moving from Mexico City to New York City. As the book progresses, the children are both asking the same questions: Where ...more
Vera Godley
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely and gentle look at the loss and gain of moving from one location to another as experienced by children. Two children, with their families, make major moves. One move is from Mexico City, Mexico to New York City, NY. The other child and family makes the move from New York City to Mexico City.

The are grieving over the pleasures, friends, sights, activities they have in their present locales that they will be leaving behind. The story is told two-fold - one page is the
A boy’s parents tell him they are moving to Mexico City; a girl’s parents tell her they are moving to New York City. They both have the same questions and concerns about what they are leaving behind and what they will miss. The illustrations show the reader that each city has similarities and some challenges, but mostly that the children will be able to find what they’re looking for in their new home. “I hope my life won’t be so different in my new city.”

Pages in the back describe wh
My library only carries the Spanish-language version of A New Home. Since I don't know much Spanish, I didn't really "read" this, per se, but I did flip through and I think I got the gist. I really liked how this book showed the similarities between two places--in this case, NYC and Mexico City--and therefore, the similarities in the people living in those places. A New Home/Un Nuevo Hogar demystifies foreign places/people in a child-appropriate manner, on top of being a good resource for children who are ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two children moving to new homes are pondering what it is going to be like. As they think of all they will miss we see both cities featured on the corresponding page. Although both are different it shows the similarities of friendships, fun and family life. At the end of the book there is information on the two cities, New York City and Mexico City. A great way to reassure young readers that moving to a new place doesn't have to be sad.
Sue Thompson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a brilliant picture book! Two children in different prominent cities are preparing for a big move. They share what they love about their city and their worries about moving and the unknown. A beautiful book to open the way for discussion. If any child you know if facing a move, this book will help!
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
An original story about two kids: one moving from Mexico City to NYC, one moving from New York to Mexico City. A clever contrasting of how different the two cities are, but also the similarities they share. A rather extensive glossary in the back discusses every site referenced in the book (not sure any kid reader would care to read through this; as an adult, I wasn't interested in it, either).
Iris Cardozo
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that the author combines two different cultures and compares their homes, moving for a child is a big deal because they leave everything behind, like their school and friends. But by comparing two different countries and looking at how similar these two countries and cities are helps a child feel more comfortable if their parents are considering moving cities or even countries at that.
Jeri  Kniess
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant. A child from NYC and a child from Mexico City are each moving to the others city. Each one faces the same doubts and fears in comparison on each page. The end shows them passing at the airport. The back of the book lists all the locations mentioned in the book with some facts about them. Great book for children to see the similarities between cities all over the world.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little boy worries how his life will change when he moves from NYC to Mexico City. A little girl worries how her life will change when she moves from Mexico City to NYC. Will there be any similarities? This book is great for helping to ease concerns about big changes.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A adorable book about two children who are moving to each other's cities. It shows what is different, the same, and their concerns with moving. I really enjoyed this book and showed how we aren't so different after all.
Engel Dreizehn
Interesting narrative and to see (with beautiful illustrations) the similarities of moving (into each other's countries and cities) to another place with parallel illustrations showing similar yet different activities which carries on into the prose.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet, but not saccharine, and simple title regarding the common experiences we share around the concept of home.
Bailey Held
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-2, diversity, family
I really liked how this book showed two completely different places, but showed how they are similar.
Loved the side by side comparison of two cities showing how they are more alike than different. The explanations of all the landmarks at the end was a great touch
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Tania de Regil studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York City before moving back to her native Mexico City, where she finished her degree. A New Home is her American publishing debut. She lives in Mexico City and travels to the United States frequently.
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