A collection of 27 insightful poems that illuminates the migrant experience from the point of view of a grade school child from Mexico. Jorge doesn’t want to be called George. He thinks the name sounds strange. “What an ugly sound!/Like a sneeze!” His struggles to fit in result in a friendship with a boy named Tim; a tentative coming to terms with American society; and some degree of sadness when, upon his grandmother’s death, his family must cross the river again.
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- ISBN: 9781563978425
- Author: Medina, Jane
- Illustrator: Broeck, Fabricio Vanden
- Published: 2004 , Boyds Mills Press
- Themes: cultural difference, immigration and emigration, School, Spanish, Struggle, Tradition
- Descriptors: Bilingual, Latinx in US, Mexico, Picture Book, Poetry, Primary (ages 6-9), United States
- No. of pages: 48