I really enjoyed this picture book describing the journey immigrants can face in coming to the United States. While all the reasons the family is fleeing El Salvador are not explored, it is a good introduction for young children.
SUMMARY: Mario's mama lives in the United States. He lives in El Salvador. She sends him a new pair of shoes for the journey he and his father will make to the U.S. They cross 3 countries by bus and by foot. All the while his shoes hold strong until they can cross the finish line together.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The painting style of the artist makes each page look like a mural on a wall with a slightly washed out look. They are nicely detailed.
THE GOOD: The author uses lyrical and descriptive prose that gives you a feel for the long journey. The wear on the shoes also shows you how hard the journey was.
THE NOT AS GOOD: First, I was quite uncomfortable that this picture book for children was detailing an illegal border crossing into the U.S. Yes, father and son took a long hard journey to reunite with the mother, but what they did was wrong and I would have a very hard time explaining to a child why it is okay in a picture book, but not in real life. Also, there was quite an emphasis on the shoes. This type of metaphor may go over the heads of many children.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertized for ages 7-9
hi i love to read this book but you must read this book for babys
the book is very emotional for me, my friend had the same situation, i love the book...
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