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Jimena Perez puede volar/ Jimena Perez Can Fly

Jimena Perez puede volar/ Jimena Perez Can Fly

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Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on November 30, 2019

Overview

Ten-year-old Jimena Pérez loves life with her parents in El Salvador. They sell fruit at the market, just like her grandmother and great grandmother did. “Fruits / are a blessing / like you, Jimena,” her mother tells her.

But one day a group of boys threaten her friend Rosenda at school. “You know / what will happen / to your family / if you don’t join us.” Jimena’s parents, afraid gangs will try to recruit her too, decide she must go to the United States with her mother. She is excited and fearful, and doesn’t want to leave her father, friends and dog Sultán. “I felt sad / the way fruit looks / when it’s past ripeness.” By bus, train and on foot, mother and daughter make their way north, until one night, bright lights fill the sky and men in green uniforms rip Jimena from her mother.

Imprisoned with children from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, Jimena and the others cry for their parents. One boy repeats over and over, “My father’s name is Marcos / He is in Los Angeles.” A box full of books brings her some solace, reminding her of the ones donated to kids at the market in El Salvador. “The letters kiss me / like my mama’s words / like my papa’s words / I am a little bird / Nothing can stop me / I can fly.”

In this poignant narrative poem for kids ages 10-15, award-winning Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta movingly captures the fear that drives so many Central Americans to flee their countries and the anguish created by separating children from their parents at the US border. Putting a human face on the millions of people who flee their homelands each year, this book will help young people understand the difficulties of migration and leaving behind all that is dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558858893
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 11/30/2019
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jorge Argueta is a prize-winning poet and author of more than twenty children’s picture books, includingAgua, Agüita / Water, Little Water(Piñata Books, 2017),Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem(Groundwood, 2016) andSomos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds(Groundwood Books, 2016), which won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and was named to USBBY’s Outstanding International Book List, the ALA Notable Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.