La Frontera: El viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa

By: Alfredo Alva

Deborah Mills

Illustrator: Claudia Navarro

When Alfredo's father can no longer feed his family in Mexico, he takes Alfredo on a daring journey to find a new life, across la frontera to Texas.

ISBN: 9781782853886

JLG Release: Jun 2018


Language: Bilingual
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas

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Awards & Honors

CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Picture Books for School-Age Children
CSMCL Best Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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[STARRED REVIEW]
Alva, along with coauthor Mills, narrates his experiences as a young child crossing the Mexican and U.S. border with his father. Their journey is prompted by financial needs that force Alva and his father to sadly leave behind the rest of the family and travel north with the help of a coyote, a smuggler of people. At the
[STARRED REVIEW]
Alva, along with coauthor Mills, narrates his experiences as a young child crossing the Mexican and U.S. border with his father. Their journey is prompted by financial needs that force Alva and his father to sadly leave behind the rest of the family and travel north with the help of a coyote, a smuggler of people. At the Rio Grande, the coyote takes their money and abandons them. Together, the father and son find their own way to the embassy. After floating across the river, climbing a mountain, and trudging across a giant valley, they arrive at their destination only to discover that the embassy is nothing more than a broken-down campsite inhabited by other refugees. After a few short weeks, Alva is off to school in Texas, alone and scared. Learning a different language is confusing, but with the help of new friends, he learns English while helping them with their math. Alva and Mills make this bilingual autobiographical story readily accessible through well-written and vivid text. Though lengthy, the narrative never feels overwritten. Navarro’s expressive acrylic, graphite, and digital collage illustrations provide a poignant and moving backdrop for this compelling first-person narrative. Back matter includes information on immigration, a history of the U.S. and Mexican border, and photos of Alva’s family and hometown. VERDICT An authentic and humanizing perspective on immigration; a must-have for classrooms, libraries, and bilingual collections.—Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

Book Details

ISBN

9781782853886

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Barefoot Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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