|Mis dos pueblos fronterizos|
Author: Bowles, David
A boy and his dad have a weekend ritual. On many mornings, they rise with the sun to prepare for a visit to The Other Side/El otro lado. To get there, father and son drive their truck along the Rio Grande and over a bridge, where they're greeted by a giant statue of an eagle. But the most important stop before the two head home is to check in with their friends seeking asylum and drop off much-needed supplies. In Spanish.
Booklist (+) (08/01/21)
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Booklist - 08/01/2021 *Starred Review* A father and son wake up early to drive across the U.S. border, into Mexico, and to a small town much like their own. A routine they take part in every other Saturday, this trip gives them time together as they enjoy breakfast and run errands, visiting family along the way. The little boy brings along some of his favorite things—comics, notebooks, and more—and he and his father buy additional supplies. As they return across the border and into southern Texas, readers discover that there is another, more important purpose to their trip: the supplies are for a little boy named Élder and his family, refugees who aren’t allowed into the U.S. and who must wait, their future uncertain. Meza’s lovely watercolor-and-gouache illustrations bring to life the bustling activity in each of these border towns. The Spanish text gracefully details the trip in a way that is perfect for sharing with little ones, with many readers likely to spot familiar sights, sounds, and phrases. Characters’ friendly greetings, the vibrant illustrations, and the thoughtful actions of this father and son come together to create a feeling of warmth and hope, while also bringing to the forefront the plight of so many like Élder and his family. An excellent addition to Spanish picture-book collections. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.