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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Xochitl's family is new to America, she thinks a lot about her homeland of El Salvador, where her family is known as "the Flower family." She now lives in San Fransico, but misses arranging and caring for flowers with her family. One day her mother comes home carrying flowers, she tells Xochitl that she is going to start selling flowers, and of course Xochitl wants to help. On a Saturday morning her father comes home with big news, about an apartment he found that has a yard, though filled with garbage, if they worked together they could grow a garden just like they had in El Salvador. They cleaned up the yard and soon began selling plants and flowers, they threw a grand opening until Don Roberto, the owner of the little lot, came telling the Flores family that they are not aloud to grow plants there. The whole neighborhood came together to see what they could do. This books i great to introduce the idea of community and working together for a greater goal.