The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all -- it’s the day her father calls. She hasn’t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook every day, keeping a record of everything that happens to share with him when she finally sees him again. Then one Sunday her father asks if she and her mother would like to join him, and she’s surprised by her mixed feelings. It means leaving her grandmother, her friends … and her dog, Kika, behind.
This is a powerful story from a young child’s perspective about what it’s like to have an absent parent and to have to leave your home, country and those you love for a new life.
Lawrence Schimel was born in New York in 1971. He graduated from Yale and now lives in Madrid, Spain. He writes in both Spanish and English, and has published over one hundred books in many different genres — poetry, fiction, essays, comics — for children and adults. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages, and he has won the Lambda Literary Award, among many other honors. His books ¿Lees un libro conmigo? and Igual que ellos / Just Like Them were both selected as one of IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, and No hay nada como el original was a White Ravens selection.
Alba Marina Rivera was born in Russia in 1974, and she grew up in Cuba. When she moved to Barcelona she discovered her love for illustration, which she studied at the Escola Massana. She received the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award in the New Horizons category for her book El contador de cuentos. It was also recognized as "Los mejores libros para ninos y jovenes" (the best books for children and youth) by Venezuela's Banco del Libro and was a finalist at the Picture Book Festival in Korea.
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.
Most youngsters will understand the daunting prospect of a big move . . . and listeners may find the girl's emotional growth both familiar and reassuring.
Readers will enjoy deciphering the various visual elements...its themes are relevant to all children.
...honest and compelling text...Highly Recommended.
The story provides parents and teachers a different context for talking with young learners about paid jobs, the labor that goes into caring for family members, and the costs of giving up time with family in order to spend time working away from home.
The feelings of missing a loved one are realistically conveyed and will resonate with children.
...readers...will admire the heroine’s stoicism and faith in the importance of having her family whole again.
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