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Our Roof Is Blue

Written by Sara E. Echenique
Illustrated by Ashley Vargas
Published by Charlesbridge

Before an intense hurricane hits their home in Puerto Rico, Antonio told his sister vibrant stories each night. During the storm, they huddled with their parents in a closet and hear the storm blow the roof right off their home. After the storm, their family uses a temporary blue tarp for a roof, and Antonio stops speaking. Gradually the siblings imagine their blue roof playfully—as the ocean above them or a parachute helping them fall from the sky. As the narrator helps her little brother feel safe once more—and after the family and community build a new roof—the little boy begins to speak again.

Look for the Spanish version, Nuestro techo es azul.

Primary ISBN: 9781623542337
Publication Date: April 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Puerto Rico

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

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

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