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My Two Border Towns

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beautiful, timely tale of life and hope along the border.

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This loving, sometimes nostalgic story about what it's like to grow up along the U.S.-Mexico border is told from the perspective of a young boy who belongs to communities on both sides. The poetic prose in My Two Border Towns tells a sweet story but also shares a timely message about the importance of sharing in the responsibility of community care, tactfully shedding light on the heart-wrenching scenes along border towns between the United States and Mexico. Lively watercolor illustrations take over each page, drawing readers into colorful scenes and beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of a border community.

This story is a beautiful tribute to the fluidity, complexity, and vibrancy of life along the border, and author David Bowles fearlessly introduces readers to some of the issues displaced people face as they live at the border and await entry into the United States. This is a must-have picture book for families looking to spark conversations with kids about community, kindness, empathy, helping others, and even immigration policies.

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