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Mis dos pueblos fronterizos (My Two Border Towns)



by
David Bowles
illustrated by
Erika Meza

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Kokila
ISBN
9780593325070
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JLG Category

Primary Spanish

A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy’s life on the U.S.-Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care.

Early one Saturday morning, a boy prepares for a trip to The Other Side/El Otro Lado. It’s close—just down the street from his school—and it’s a twin of where he lives. To get there, his father drives their truck along the Rio Grande and over a bridge, where they’re greeted by a giant statue of an eagle. Their outings always include a meal at their favorite restaurant, a visit with Tío Mateo at his jewelry store, a cold treat from the paletero, and a pharmacy pickup. On their final and most important stop, they check in with friends seeking asylum and drop off much-needed supplies.

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, with illustrations by Erika Meza, is the loving story of a father and son’s weekend ritual, a demonstration of community care, and a tribute to the fluidity, complexity, and vibrancy of life on the U.S.-Mexico border.Full-color illustrations were created using gouache, watercolor, pencil, and “digital gimmicks.” 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Fathers and sons. City and town life. Mexican Americans. Emigration and immigration. United States. Mexico. US-Mexico border. Spanish language materials. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-A father and his sleepy son awaken for an errand they have done together many times. They are going to the "Other Side," or "Otro Lado." They will cross into Mexico and visit relatives, get medication, shop: "Before I know it, we reach the broad river, a watery serpent that glints with the dawn. Dad reminds me: Coahuiltecans once lived here, before all this was Mexico-both riverbanks. Now we're two countries. We pay to cross. 'Morning,' says the U.S. customs guard, taking Dad's cash with a sleepy frown." The boy notes the parallels in the other town to his home: "This town's a twin of the one where I live, with Spanish spoken everywhere just the same, but English mostly missing till it pops up like grains of sugar on a chili pepper." The mood is jubilant, for the boy has friends on both sides of the border, but the journey has a weight to it, that something is not right. Will they be inspected? Will there be trouble? Spanish and English phrases run like separate currents of the same stream, understandable in context. And then, they must buy and parcel out gifts for their friends, the gente: "A line of people camp along the edge, entire families from the Caribbean and Central America. Refugees, Dad calls them. Stuck between two countries. The U.S. says there's no room, and Mexico says it can hardly look after its own gente." Young readers may need more information than the spare text allows, for the narration hews to the young boy's perspective. VERDICT A wistful and generous book, this doesn't place blame but carries a message of what borders do to families and livelihoods. It will rightly invite conversation, and is a necessary inclusion in most collections.-Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-A father and his sleepy son awaken for an errand they have done together many times. They are going to the "Other Side," or "Otro Lado." They will cross into Mexico and visit relatives, get medication, shop: "Before I know it, we reach the broad river, a watery serpent that glints with the dawn. Dad reminds me: Coahuiltecans once lived here, before all this was Mexico-both riverbanks. Now we're two countries. We pay to cross. 'Morning,' says the U.S. customs guard, taking Dad's cash with a sleepy frown." The boy notes the parallels in the other town to his home: "This town's a twin of the one where I live, with Spanish spoken everywhere just the same, but English mostly missing till it pops up like grains of sugar on a chili pepper." The mood is jubilant, for the boy has friends on both sides of the border, but the journey has a weight to it, that something is not right. Will they be inspected? Will there be trouble? Spanish and English phrases run like separate currents of the same stream, understandable in context. And then, they must buy and parcel out gifts for their friends, the gente: "A line of people camp along the edge, entire families from the Caribbean and Central America. Refugees, Dad calls them. Stuck between two countries. The U.S. says there's no room, and Mexico says it can hardly look after its own gente." Young readers may need more information than the spare text allows, for the narration hews to the young boy's perspective. VERDICT A wistful and generous book, this doesn't place blame but carries a message of what borders do to families and livelihoods. It will rightly invite conversation, and is a necessary inclusion in most collections.-Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

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