A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Informative, visual details about life at the border. Teaches about cultural traditions, explains Las Posadas and La Posada Sin Fronteras, sheds light on immigrant experience.
Strong messages about family and love, cultural traditions, and overcoming border fence between Mexico and the United States.
Positive Role Models
Emphasis on resilience, hopeful representation of challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border, beautiful and informative representation of Mexico's cultural traditions, ingenious ideas from one little girl.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border, by Mitali Perkins and illustrated by Pura Belpre Honor illustrator Sara Palacios, is a heartwarming story of one family's strength and unity in overcoming fences along the United States-Mexico border. It sheds light on the hardship of separation and the resilience of families who live on opposite sides of the border. Vibrant scenes and beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. The main characters meet at the border to celebrate La Posada Sin Fronteras, or "The Inn Without Borders," a one-day celebration during Las Posadas (a nine-day festival celebrated in Mexico, from December 16 to 24), when people along the border from Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, come together to celebrate Christmas traditions and visit with each other for a very brief moment at the border fence.
Is It Any Good?
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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