La Frontera: El viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa
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.
JLG Release: Jun 2018
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:
Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
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
9 3/4" x 10 1/2"
Level 4.6; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A