Jorge is trying to learn the ways of his new country. He wants to fit in at school, but he doesn't want to forget his homeland, Mexico. His family is still doing things like they're in the old country, but Jorge wants to find out everything he can about his new country--on the other side of the river. Learning a new language, getting a library card, taking tests, and making friends are challenges for Jorge. Just when Jorge has found a friend in Tim, his life changes once again. Told from the point of view of Jorge, Jane Medina's moving poems vividly depict one boy's struggle to make a new life in a new country.
Jane Medina is a teacher and poet. She lives with her husband Pablo and their children, Annie and Joey, in Orange, California.
Fabricio Vanden Broeck is the illustrator of Under the Breadfruit Tree by Monica Gunning, and Torch Fishing with the Sun by Laura E. Williams. He lives in Mexico.
"[I]nsightful. ...The poems, and the accurate English translations, are well laid out on the page and neatly complemented by primitive-looking scratchboard illustrations. ...[Carries] significant emotional poignancy." --School Library Journal "These truly bilingual poems are packed with poignant, tender moments in the life of a Mexican immigrant child trying to fit in without losing his identity." --Horn Book Guide