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Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado

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A brave young Mexican American girl befriends a boy who has crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico with his mother to begin a new life in the United States. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 3rd 1997 by Children's Book Press (first published March 1st 1993)
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This books takes on a very difficult and controversial topic, and really doesn't do much with it. ...more
Andrew Gallini
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Friends from the Other Side, by Gloria Anzaldua, illustrated by Consuelo Mendez

Prietita is a young Mexican-American girl living in South Texas, near the Rio-Grande river which is the U.S.-Mexican border. One day, she meets a boy named Joaquin, who meets her clad in a long sleeve shirt (unusual for the summer) and a bundle of firewood. She notices that his Spanish is different from hers, and asks if he is from "the other side." The two quickly become friends, and through this friendship Prieti
3.5 stars.

This dual language book has some beautiful illustrations and storytelling to take on a very difficult subject that children should be able to learn about and understand in either Spanish or English. It seems still very relevant today although it's two and a half decades old. I wish it did a little more with the story, but I think the messages of standing up to bullies (including by not reporting immigrants to border cops!) are good ones.

Yesenia Sepulveda
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book simplifies common difficulties faced by newcomers from Mexico. Other cultures may also identify with some of the themes. GLoria Anzaldua explains what it's like to be a victim of a bully because you are different. This theme may not only apply to Mexicans but to any other child. The book identifies a manner in which you can handle being a witness to bullies by standing up for what you believe is right. Through the use of colorful pictures and side by side spanish/english, this book is ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
As the title suggests, this story tells us about a friendship between a young boy, Joaquin, who had just crossed the Rio Grande and a Mexican-American girl, Prietita. His rigorous journey that’s wholesomely recognized by Prietita, is illustrated through the images by Méndez and also through their developing friendship. They are challenged by their peers within the same culture and border patrol which consists of Americans and Mexican Americans. This story fits well in a classroom unit focusing o ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the other side means from Mexico, across the Rio Grande. Prietita chooses to befriend Joaquin, a boy from the other side. They play together and she learns about his life, until Joaquin and his mother need to hide from the border patrol.
A very honest story, beautifully told in English and Spanish side-by-side.

Illustrated by Consuelo Mendez.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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One of my chief delights in teaching has been the opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic-Latino community in the Midwest. This novel was a huge hit with my kids -- it is the story of a young, undocumented Mexican worker who struggles against hardship and misunderstanding in the USA.
Cara Byrne
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A story of a young girl who befriends a boy "de otro lado," defending him in the face of bullies and protecting him from officials who want to deport him and his mother. A nice bilingual story, but the illustrations are not my favorite. ...more
Having crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with his mother in search of a new life, Joaquin receives help and friendship from Prietita, a brave young Mexican American girl.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Rhonda Jackson read a selection from this book. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Language Materials | PZ73 .A59 1993
Amy Yount
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Chapter 7 recommended reading
Jennifer Evers
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uwm-645
illustrator- Consuelo Mendez

bilingual version-- translations are very accurate in meaning, not just in literal words.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Great for the reader that wants to, or already can, read Spanish.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book touched me on several levels: as a parent who hopes she is providing her son what he needs to be as compassionate as the main character, as a teacher who is hopefully modelling the bravery to her students to fight injustice, and as a woman who grew up in Southern California, a boarder state. The main characters are a Mexican American young girl and a young boy who has arrived without immigration papers from Mexico. The two become friends and she demonstrates her bravery, compassion, an ...more
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Gloria E. Anzaldúa was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work.

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