Xochitl and the Flowers / Xóchitl, La Niña de Las Flores
IPPY Award, Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY)
Bilingual English/Spanish. Miles away from their home in El Salvador, Xochitl (SOH-cheel) and her family make a new home in the United States, but nothing is the same.
Miles away from their home in El Salvador, Xochitl (SOH-cheel) and her family make a new home in the United States, but nothing is the same. Xochitl mourns a lovely garden and her family's small flower business, all left behind. Selling flowers on the street soon provides more than income for the Flores family: they begin to make friends with local storeowners and neighbors. But it is not until the family decides to start a nursery in its backyard that Xochitl begins to learn the true value of community in their adopted country. Basing his narrative on real-life events, prize-winning poet Jorge Argueta has crafted a tender, poetic, and moving story about a family's determination to set down roots and about their child's blooming among friends and neighbors. Artist Carl Angel's authentic and brilliant artwork splendidly documents this quintessentially American immigration story.
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This is a fine example of what a book with a bilingual text can and should be. -- The Horn Book Guide
Based on a true story, Xochitl's tale is well written in both languages... Angel's acrylic, colored-pencil, and photo-collage artwork is vibrant and energetic, fleshed out by the bright colors and individual faces. -- School Library Journal
Full of love for family and community, this bilingual story embodies the belief that positive action can overcome the negatives of circumstance. -- Kirkus Reviews
there is a great deal of warmth in this tale of immigrants trying to create their American dream while keeping alive their own culture. -- Bayviews
Intended for children ages eight to twelve, this book portrays the message of community in a lesson that can benefit people of all ages... It is a thoughtful story that will make readers reflect on their own contributions to their community. -- ForeWord Magazine
Side-by-side bilingual text is a particularly suitable format for this timeless immigration story. Radiant chalk illustrations present each scene tastefully. Xochitl's story is a superb read-aloud and a necessary component of school libraries that serve immigrant children. Recommended for all bookstores and library collections. -- Críticas