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Overview

In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border.

They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey.

As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the U.S. border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554987412
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several award-winning picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (which received six starred reviews) and Camino a casa. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been named to IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare, and they have been selected by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, for the White Ravens Catalogue.

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago, which received six starred reviews. Together, Rafael Yockteng and Jairo Buitrago have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been named to IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare, and they have been selected by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, for the White Ravens Catalogue.

Read an Excerpt

“Where are we going?” I ask sometimes, but no one answers.
We wait by the side of the highway. We aren’t traveling right now.
There is a boy. I count — one — there isn’t any other.
Papá works while we wait like we do almost every day.
The boy stays with me. We count the cars that are going by, the dogs that are going by, but I don’t think the boy knows how to count very well.
I show him my clouds. The ones that have shapes.
And he shows me his box. There are two white rabbits in it.

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