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“… [T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders / Mis Zapatos Y Yo: Cruzando Tres Fronteras

Written by Rene Colato Lainez
Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck
Published by Pi/A1/Nata Books

A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going north to join his mother, who lives in the United States. She has sent Mario a new pair of shoes. He will need good shoes because the journey north will be long and hard. He and his father will cross the borders of three countries. They will walk for miles, ride buses, climb mountains, and cross a river. Mario has faith in his shoes. He believes they will take him anywhere. On this day, they will take him to the United States, where his family will be reunited.

Primary ISBN: 9781558858848

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 08 or older

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Setting: El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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