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Mango Moon

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When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his children are left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Their day-to-day norm now includes moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parti ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Albert Whitman Company
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mango Moon is a story about a ten-year-old girl named Maricela whose father is being deported. The last time the two were together, he pointed out the full moon and called it a “mango moon” because it was the color of a slice of mango.

After Papi was taken away, Mama had to get a second job. She also asked Maricela and her brother Manual to stay inside and lock the doors so they would be safe until she got home each night. Now they are getting ready to move from their house; even with two jobs Ma
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Book Riot Read Harder challenge 2020 task # 18: Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community.

Mango Moon is about a ten-year-old girl named Maricela, who along with her mother and younger brother Manuel, has to deal with the aftermath of her father's deportation for being undocumented. What I loved about Mango Moon is that it shows the real world consequences, the human impact, that immigration policies have. Diane de Anda shows that forced family separations are
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is heartbreaking. It could serve to help kids facing this situation feel less alone and to help kids not in this situation be more compassionate for their peers. The illustrations are soft and lovely.
Laura Fordyce
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Mango Moon
Genre: Cont. Realistic Fiction
Awards: None
Source: Townsend Memorial Library Research Guide
Audience: Grades K - 3
The author helps the reader connect with the little girl, Maricela, who is the main character. The book provides insight into the perspective of a child of an illegal immigrant. Maricela’s dad has been deported and she talks about special things she did with her dad before he left, such as her dad coaching her soccer team and pushing her on the swing. This causes the
A family is separated when a father is seized at work because he does not have documentation indicating that he is a legal United States citizen. Told through the eyes of a child, Maricela, Mango Moon is heartbreaking. Keeping it real, author De Anda does not come up with a pat happy ending. The future of all family members is unresolved and the family is left living day by day.
The soft illustrations in Mango Moon add to the impact of the story. The gentle browns skin tones, the mango color tha
Madelyn House
Genre: Children's Literature — Realistic Fiction
Awards: 2020 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Audience: PreK - 3rd grade
How does the author help the reader connect with the character(s)?
The author connects the reader with the characters by making the characters young enough to relate with the audience. These children in the book are going through real life situations which would also help the reader connect with them.
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I don't normally review picture books, but I have to say this book made me cry. Gorgeous, poignant picture book about a child whose father was deported. Her mother is forced to fully support their family now. It is told with a strong emotion from the POV of a child. It is a good entryway for discussion in both families dealing directly with a family member being deported, as well as haole families who want to discuss these issues to help kids empathize with their peers. The pictures are soft and ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was both sad and beautiful at the same time. The book deals with the fear children may feel when a parent is removed their lives suddenly. Change happens quickly for a little girl and her family when her father is taken away. She is left trying to hold on to the memory of the way her life used to be when her father lived with them. I loved the imagery in the book. The illustrations were beautiful and the color palate used added to the somber nature of the text. Good conversation starte ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maricela is heartbroken when her papí is imprisoned for being an undocumented immigrant, but tries to remember the ways they are still connected to one another. This book sensitively shows all of the terrible challenges that a family can face due to a loved one being incarcerated or deported and is strong proof of how inhumane draconian immigration laws are.

Themes: Immigration, Incarceration, Family, Moon
Age range: Preschool and School Age
Anneke Alnatour
A very heavy topic, definitely not for the youngest kids. I read this with my daughters, 11 and 9, and they liked it. It was impressive to them.

I think it is important that these books exist, for us to be able to read them to our children and children who can recognise themselves in stories like these.

A wonderfully illustrated book. I read this one aloud to my daughter in the homeschool and she was a bit perplexed by the story of a father who is no longer in the daily life of his children due to deportation. The subject matter tackled in this book needs to be explained to young children for better understanding.
Margaret Boling
5/31/2019 ~ An important topic. The text is a bit didactic, attempting to explain many things through the story. However, the book does lay out the many ways a child's life might change if one parent is deported. ...more
Viviane Elbee
This is a beautiful book about a little girl whose father has to leave home because he lacks a green card, and how much she misses him. It is a good book for discussing immigration with young children and how policies affect families.
I think the story here is a good one, but it's very sad. I think the book has a particular target audience. If there is a family facing the issue of deportation, by all means read the book. I just don't know if I would read it to a child for fear of making them worry. ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had beautiful illustrations. You can really see the emotion on the character's face, and that really helps to intensify the story. I wish it was longer, that is the only downside that I see besides the fact that it made me sad. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Maricela grieves the loss of her father as he faces being deported and remembers the last night they were together and how her father pointed out that the moon looked like a slice of mango.

Beautiful pictures and story, totally made me cry.
A book that is very relevant since it focuses on a family facing deportation.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mango Moon is an important book for children and their adults to read. Diane de Anda and Sue Cornelison do an excellent job of showing what deportation can do to a family.
Miss Sarah
An elementary level picture book about a young girl missing her dad who has been detained for deportation.
Tam I
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Read an ARC.

Timely. Heart breaking.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OOF. I think this will be very accessible for having this conversation with kids.
Marissa Elera
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, emotionally arresting. Heart breaking.
Lisa Boyd
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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all the tears.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sad and poignant.
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