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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Heartwarming Christmas story set at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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This touching story sensitively focuses on challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrates Mexico's cultural traditions in a heartwarming, informative, and hopeful way. Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border is a poignant story that can add to the current national discussion about challenges at the border and can serve as an excellent prompt for discussion with young kids. It's a beautiful book that makes readers consider the hardships of separation for families who live on different sides of the border. It's filled with warm illustrations that fold in informative visual details about life at the border and cultural traditions. And Maria's inventive solution at the end of the book will make readers cheer. It's an easy-to-follow story with a few instances of colored text and larger fonts that draw attention to the characters' thoughts and excitement about being together.

The author's note at the end of the book provides background on Las Posadas and explains how border reunions work during La Posada Sin Fronteras ("The Inn Without Borders"). It also includes details about how to learn more about, support, and participate in the La Posada Sin Fronteras event.

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