Mariana and Her Familia

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$17.99  $16.73
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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8.78 X 11.25 X 0.36 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author
Mónica Mancillas authors books for children of all ages, as well as adult fiction. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley before pursuing a decade-long career in the recording industry. Her picture book, The Worry Balloon, is inspired by the challenges she, and those she loves, sometimes face managing anxiety; and the tools, great and small, that have helped them to walk through each of those challenges.

Erika Meza migrated from Mexico in 2013, leaving behind her family, friends and her favorite food. She lived in a dungeon with a ghosts-and-ghouls-painting princess, learned how to tell stories, then found and lost a spotted dog in Paris, where she attended school. She finally crossed the France-UK border and settled down in London, where she lives in a small flat and works as an author and illustrator, aided by her cat who tries to leave inky paw prints on her work. She tries to go back home often, at the border of Tijuana and San Diego, where her book was born.


"Mancillas and Meza's picture book is a poignant reminder that, while loved ones may not speak the same languages, their affection and care for one another transcends any human language and is a language in and of itself. Mancillas' touching story will be relatable to many first-, second-, and third-generation children and grandchildren of immigrants, who may be reconnecting with their own familias after time and distance apart." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A child's uncertainty in navigating the dual identities of a bicultural upbringing is affirmingly depicted in Mancillas's insightful debut. Mancillas's assured narrative, which rings with compassion, smatters Spanish words throughout English lines; in Meza's watercolor pencil and gouache illustrations, Mariana swells with love that gives way to bright-eyed affection for a new place and new people." -- Publishers Weekly

"Measured in its empathy, this tale admirably explores a familial scenario that many readers will understand all too well.... A sweet look at what familia can mean." -- Kirkus Reviews