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My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aquí hasta allá

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A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States. Told in English and Spanish.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 26th 2002 by Children's Book Press (first published February 29th 2000)
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Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in poignant immigration stories, fans of dual-language picture books
This richly and evocatively illustrated dual-language picture book (with Maya Christina Gonzalez' brilliantly colouful, lushly descriptive accompanying illustrations truly being redolent of the colours, the very feeling of Mexico, of Latino/Latina culture in general) tells the story of author Amanda Irma Pérez' own journey from Mexico to the United States in the 1950s (except that when she and her family immigrated to the United States, Amanda was five years old, while in My Diary from Here to T ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aquí hasta allá. Though I can't claim a deep personal connection with Amada, I found her story of moving with her family from Mexico to the USA quite touching and interesting.

The story would probably have the most resonance for immigrants (especially those coming from Mexico to the USA, like Amada) but I imagine any immigrant would probably feel some connection. I also wonder if children who move from one area to another (state-to-state,
Mary Ann
Amada Irma Perez bases this wonderful picture book on her own life, following her family's journey from Mexico to the United States. This story is told in diary entries, and so we see the family's journey completely from the child's perspective. As the story begins, the young girl worries about her family's move from Juarez, Mexico, to Los Angeles. Will they ever return to Juarez? Will she be able to learn English? Will her father have problems finding work? She's full of worries, but her brothe ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An autobiographical story about a young girl whose family has to move to California so that her father can find work. I liked the descriptions of her family, especially her five brothers. The story is told in the form of diary entries, in which she reveals her feelings of apprehension about leaving Mexico. The text is in Spanish and English, and the book is a Pura Belpre Award honor book.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A powerful reminder to all who have made the journey from here to there that in our hearts we are never far from what we left behind.
Andrew Jongeneel
My Diary From Here to There, written by Amada Irma Perez, with the genre of multicultural/realistic fiction, and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, is about a family that is forced to move to the United States because Amanda's father lost his job in Mexico. Even though this is a fictional story, Amanda shares her experiences of moving from her home in Mexico to the US. It is a story comprised of her diary entries and is full of emotion and sincerity. Her brothers, on the other hand, are ver ...more
Lizeth Matzir
The author of My Diary from Here to There, Armada Irma Perez, writes the book to depict her personal story of her journey from Mexico to the United States. Armada writes the story in diary form, both in English and Spanish, that depicts her thoughts and feelings as a young girl throughout the migration process. In the beginning, she was reluctant when her parents told her about moving from Juarez. She has various worries that she has such as her father leaving to find work, leaving friendships b ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story does a wonderful job in giving some insight into what some of the circumstances are that lead families to leaving their native countries. Amada Irma Perez, bases this story off of her own personal experience as an immigrant to the states from Mexico, making this story an accurate portrayal of immigration experiences. In this story,Amada's family is moving for greater opportunities and lack of jobs in Mexico. Amada doesn't take this news too well. Her journey is recorded in diary-forma ...more
Maria Salinas
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Main Characters: Amanda (author)
Setting:Mexico, California
POV: Amanda
Grade Level:3-5
Reading Level: 3.5
Genre: multicultural/ realistic fiction

This book is about a family that is forced to move to the United States because the young girls( Amanda) father has lost job in Mexico. Amanda's brothers are very happy to leave but she is not because she is leaving so much behind including her best friend Michi. Her best friend and Michi promise to always be friends and never forget each other. The family
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: After her father loses his job in Mexico, he takes a job in the United states. In an effort to cope with the sudden change, Amanda records her thoughts in a diary. The diary records the journey from Mexico to the United States from the point of view of a little girl. She gives insights of her feelings of sadness, fear, hope and happiness along the way. It captures the transition from a familiar place to one that is unfamiliar.

Evaluation: This book does a great job of providing insight
Elizabeth Hendy
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-31-40
Summary: provides a realistic portrayal of the challenges faced by many Hispanics who migrate to the US. It is the story of two worlds, one rich with memories and the other filled with hope for a better tomorrow. The story is narrated through the eyes of a young protagonist Amanda who leaves her beloved country Mexico to begin a new life in the United States with her family.

Evaluation: I gave this book 5 stars. The story is told not only through a series of words, but also through its illustrati
Irma Dogic
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This influential tale tells the story of a young girl by the name of Amanda who is about to take a major journey north to America. The story starts with Amanda overhearing her parents speak about moving their lives from Mexico to Los Angeles, where they hope to find new opportunity. Amanda is frightened, so she begins to records her thoughts, dreams, and fears in her diary. Among many things, she worries that she won’t learn to speak English, and if she will ever return back to her beloved count ...more
L- Lisa
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amada Perez recounts through entries in her diary her family's relocation from Mexico to the United States when her father lost his job The story weaves her feelings of fear, hope and dreams. Her words paint the picture that May Gonzalezs' amazing illustrations support. The colors in these illustrations are amazing, as they jump from the pages to weave through Amada's diary.
The author's message is that believing in oneself and the love of family is powerful, allowing you to do anything, no matt
Lauren Thompson
My Diary from Here to There is about a young girl from Mexico leaving her home, traveling to her relatives house, and finally crossing the border. She tells her story by writing in her diary. She expresse how she does not want to leave home, or leave her friends. She comes from a big family which made it difficult when staying with relatives because her brothers were always getting into something or doing something they were not supposed to be doing. The reason they stayed with relatives was so ...more
Brenda Aguilar-Hernandez
"My Diary from Here to There" is a realistic-fiction book that is fascinating. It tells the story of a young girl named Amada who is moving to the U.S. with her family. Her siblings are excited for this new beginning, but she is not because she will miss Mexico and her best-friend. As she travels, she writes in her diary about her journey. In the end, Amada realizes she is a strong person in any place if she's got her family beside her. A big plus in this story is that the reader can also read t ...more
Liliana Solorzano
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This non-fiction book is a story of a young girl whose family decides to leave their little house in Juarez Mexico and move to Los Angelas in search of a better life, due to her father losing his job. She leaves her house which she's lived in forever, her best friend, and all the memories. Before she arrives in the USA she lives with different relatives waiting as her father finds a job and makes money for their green cards to bring them to the United States. The days feel like forever as she mi ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A young girl chronicles the experience of moving from her home in Mexico to the United States. The narrative is comprised of diary entries and has a tone of sincerity, especially since the author experienced the same journey. The story is fictional, but like many good fictional stories, is strongly based on the author's life experiences.

The illustrations are colorful and filled with interesting details. The characters are very expressive and the reader can feel the excitement and trepidation of
Todd R
Written in both English and Spanish, this is the true story or Amada Irma Perez and her family that move to the United States from Mexico when her father loses his job and can't find work in Mexico. While her five brothers are excited about the opportunity, Amada is scared of leaving her beautiful country, family, and friends. Amada tells the story of her family's journey to the United States and the challenges they faced coming to a new country. Set in the times of the Civil Rights era where Ce ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young Mexican girl and her family move to Los Angeles when her father loses his job. Amada cannot imagine living so far from her best friend and the home she loves, and she's very nervous about what living in a new country will be like. Luckily, her father was born in the U.S., so he crosses the border first to find work and obtain green cards for Amada, her mother, and her brothers. Eventually the family is reunited.

My daughter loves this story and often makes me read it to her in both Englis
Carmen Moran
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: williams
This book gave us a child's (Amada) perspective on waiting for proper documentation to come to the United States. Her father was born in Arizona but he lived in Mexico for most of his life. He had made a family in Mexico and he had lost his job there so he decided to move back the US. She wrote in her diary all the time about how she missed her father. Her whole family from Juarez tried to cheer her up letting her know that she would soon be in ht e US with her father. She was happy about that b ...more
Escarlyn Ayala
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a young girl who does not want to leave Mexico while her brothers are excited to leave to the United States. Her dad had lost her job in Mexico so they had to move to California. She explains how she says goodbye to all her friends, she worries about learning English and not able to speak Spanish, and if she will come back to Mexico. They go through the desert and the border. Her dad had left first and then her family left after they got green cards because the young girl's mo ...more
Daniel Thompson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be informational but also a really good book to read. I found it amazing how the author showed the positives and negatives of going to a new country. I thought it was amazing how Amada's father took the responsibility of moving to the United States. I love how he told her that she was stronger then she thinks. It is important for parents to show their kids that they can get through tough times, and that they can succeed in a new place. I like how this book was supposed to be ...more
Alyssa Drajic
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a young girl and her family leaving their home country to the U.S due to the father losing his job. This is a fantastic book for all students because it describes an experience of struggle, worries, and positive outcomes. Ell students who have came to the US from a different country would be able to relate well to this book. This book would be appropriate for second and third grade readers due to the length and difficulty. The illustrations use bright colors to keep the rea ...more
Paige Brown
This book was a different style of reading and writing. It was a different format. The idea of keeping a diary is something that can be introduced to young readers. The illustrations were very colorful and easy to follow.
Katalina Townsley
One night young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to Los Angeles where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family journey north, Amada records in her diary her fears, hopes, and dreams for their lives in the United States.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Text Set #6: My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diario de Aqui Hasta Alla tells the story of the author, Amada Perez, and her family as they emigrate from Mexico to America. As Amada overhears her parents discussing their move due to her father’s job loss, Amada becomes afraid. She questions whether she’ll ever learn English, whether she’ll even be allowed to speak Spanish, and whether she’ll ever return to Mexico and see her best friend again. Amada keeps a diary and notes all of her dreams and wor ...more
Ana Romero
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Diary from Here to There is about a girl named Amada and her family and their journey from Juarez, Mexico to Los Angeles, California. Amada is very worried about how everything will turn out even though the rest of the family is excited about their decision. Amada confides her hopes, fears, and dreams to her diary. She worries about whether she'll see her best friend or again or learn English fast enough. In the end, Amada realizes that it is important to be strong during difficult times. Thi ...more
Joudy Ahmed
this story i took it in my class i mean i took this story it is in my reading book and this story is one of my favorite stories do you know i dont want just to be a pharmician i also want to be a writer i tell you why because i wrote 24 stories some of them i didnt write i act them i love writting alot irma in the story not irma the writer irma in the story like me she like to write her diaries i write my diaries to recall my things that happened to me sometimes i open the diary book of 2012 and ...more
Maria Salazar
This book is about a young girl named Amanda and her family moving from Mexico to Los Angeles, California. Her family must move away due to the lack of jobs in Mexico, and her parents believe that the best thing for them to do is move to the United States. Throughout the book, she writes in her diary about how she feels scared and worried about their journey to California. She is scared about having to learn English and never returning to Mexico. As she arrives in Los Angeles, she realizes that ...more
Randi Triantafillou
This story explores the moving process from Mexico to Los Angles, during their move the girl records her feelings in her diary. This move sets lots of fear and uncertainty in the girl but through the moving adventure she finds her families love and support could help her through the big change. I not only like the context of the story but I like that it is in English and Spanish and the illustrations that go along with the text. By: Randi Triantafillou
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