Written by Rene Lainez
and Gary Tiedemann (Narrator)
Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Published by Children's Book Press
Near the border, the cars began to move very slowly. “Papa, go fast. I want to see Mama,” I said. Jose loves helping Mama in the garden outside their home in California. But when Mama is sent back to Mexico for not having proper papers, Jose and his Papa face an uncertain future. What will it be like to visit Mama in Tijuana? When will Mama be able to come home? Award-winning children’s book author Rene Colato Lainez tackles the difficult and timely subject of family separation with exquisite tenderness. Rene is donating a portion of his royalties to El Centro Madre Assunta, a refuge for women and children who are waiting to be reunited with their families up north. Joe Cepeda’s bright and engaging illustrations bring this story of hope to vivid life.
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Primary ISBN: 9781667002620
Available As: Wonderbook
Picture Book , Age 05 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Setting: Mexico, United States
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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