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La casita de esperanza (The Little House of Hope)



by
Terry Catasús Jennings
illustrated by
Raúl Colón

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Neal Porter Books
ISBN
9780823452033
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When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they rent a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there’s room enough to share with a whole community.

“It was a little house. Una casita…
It was small.
It smelled like old wet socks…
But even though they were far from home,
The family was together.”

As Esperanza and her family settle into their new house, they all do their part to make it a home. When other immigrant families need a place to stay, it seems only natural for the family in la casita to help. Together they turn the house into a place where other new immigrants can help one another. Esperanza is always the first to welcome them to la casita. It’s a safe place in a new land.

Terry Catasus Jennings first came from Cuba to the U.S. in 1961, when she was twelve years old. With The Little House of Hope, she tells an inspiring, semi-autobiographical story of how immigrants can help each other find their footing in a new country.

 Author’s note. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and Prismacolor pencils.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 8"

Dewey

973/.004687291

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Cubans. United States. Cuban Americans. Immigrants. Immigrant families. Houses. Homes. Community. Family. Spanish language materials. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A family just arriving from Cuba is searching for an affordable place to call home when they find it: La Casita. It is a small house, and it has a bit of a musty smell, but Esperanza, Manolo, and their parents (who are light-skinned) see something more. Through hard work and dedication, they begin to slowly repair La Casita, making the little house a home. Each family member also works hard to learn English, and they form new friendships with families that are also looking for help, offering them a warm home in La Casita. Time goes on, and friends and family come and go from the little home; every time they do, Esperanza offers them a gift of hope as they set out. Colón's trademark watercolor and color pencil illustrations begin by showing the uncertainty of a new place with a gray, almost stormy sky as the backdrop to the unfamiliar, and then move on to depict a loving family, warm home, sunny outdoors, and the hopes and dreams of many who face difficulties in their attempts at a better life. The poetic Spanish text (an English edition, The Little House of Hope, is also available) deftly conveys these hopes and fears in a accessible way to young readers. VERDICT A great selection that honestly presents the hardships and the victories of families working hard for a bright future.-Selenia Paz

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A family just arriving from Cuba is searching for an affordable place to call home when they find it: La Casita. It is a small house, and it has a bit of a musty smell, but Esperanza, Manolo, and their parents (who are light-skinned) see something more. Through hard work and dedication, they begin to slowly repair La Casita, making the little house a home. Each family member also works hard to learn English, and they form new friendships with families that are also looking for help, offering them a warm home in La Casita. Time goes on, and friends and family come and go from the little home; every time they do, Esperanza offers them a gift of hope as they set out. Colón's trademark watercolor and color pencil illustrations begin by showing the uncertainty of a new place with a gray, almost stormy sky as the backdrop to the unfamiliar, and then move on to depict a loving family, warm home, sunny outdoors, and the hopes and dreams of many who face difficulties in their attempts at a better life. The poetic Spanish text (an English edition, The Little House of Hope, is also available) deftly conveys these hopes and fears in a accessible way to young readers. VERDICT A great selection that honestly presents the hardships and the victories of families working hard for a bright future.-Selenia Paz

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