Thursday, January 10, 2013

Amigos del otro lado/ Friends from the other side/ by Gloria Anzaldua

Sad but hopeful story of friendship, fear and acceptance. Joaquin is a young Mexican boy who is being called "wetback" or "mojado" by other children in the neighborhood. He and his mother crossed the river to get to the USA only to find themselves in poverty and despair again. Joaquin befriends Prietita, Mexican American girl and this blossoming friendship helps the boy to forget his daily fears of "migra" ( Border Patrol) and bullies. Well illustrated, beautifully narrated, bilingual work.  Illustrations contain a great deal of cultural information pertained to Mexican culture. The book could be a great tool for cultural discussions.

Ksenia R

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