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Dreamers
2018
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  New York Times Review

HOW FASCISM WORKS: The Politics of Us and Them, by Jason Stanley. (Random House, $26.) Looking across decades, Stanley argues that Donald Trump resembles other authoritarian nationalists, and places him in global and historical perspective to show patterns that others have missed. LEADERSHIP: In Turbulent Times, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster, $30.) Four exceptional presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson - give Goodwin the opportunity to offer moral instruction for future leaders. THESE TRUTHS: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore. (Norton, $39.95.) This sweeping, sobering account of the American past is a story not of relentless progress but of conflict and contradiction, with crosscurrents of reason and faith, black and white, immigrant and native, industry and agriculture rippling through a narrative that is far from completion. PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg. (Crown, $28.) Klinenberg, an N.Y.U. sociologist, argues for the importance of social infrastructure - public spaces to bring citizens together, whether a library or a park. THE IMPROBABLE WENDELL WILLKIE: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order, by David Levering Lewis. (Liveright, $28.95.) Willkie is hardly remembered today, but Lewis shows us that as a presidential candidate in 1940, he played an outsize role in fighting off isolationism and uniting the country. HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh. (Scribner, $26.) Smarsh, who grew up poor in a Kansas farm family with generations of teenage mothers, addresses this memoir to the imaginary daughter who drove her to transcend her circumstances. IMAGINE, by Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. (Candlewick, $16.99; ages 4 to 8.) The former poet laureate relates his inspiring path from rural Mexico to august Washington in spare lines accompanied by Castillo's pitch-perfect illustration. IMAGINE!, written and illustrated by Raúl Colón. (Paula Wiseman/ Simon & Schuster, $17.99; ages 4 to 8.) This follow-up to Colon's "Draw!" continues the gorgeous wordless story of a boy's artistic passion as he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge to get to the Museum of Modern Art, where the paintings come to life to encourage him. DREAMERS, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Neal Porter/ Holiday House, $16.99; ages 4 to 8.) In lyrical prose and striking art, Morales recounts the difficulty of being a new immigrant and the wondrous welcome of a public library. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books

  Publishers Weekly Review

In warm, sparkling prose that moves easily from English to Spanish and back, Caldecott Honor artist Morales (Viva Frida) traces the journey that she and her small son took in 1994, when they immigrated from Mexico to the United States. ("My Story," included after the text, supplies the details.) A woman and a child struggle to understand the rules as they explore San Francisco. (When the two play in a public fountain, a policeman approaches, hands on hips; "Ay!" the mother cries in dismay.) Then they discover the library: "Suspicious./ Improbable./ Unbelievable./ Surprising." It's a miraculous oasis-countless books to borrow, information about everything in the world. There, she says, "We learned to read,/ to speak,/ to write,/ and/ to make/ our voices heard." As the languages blend, so do the images. Mexican motifs-a genial skeleton, a painted dog, embroidered flowers-dance through the pages, keeping mother and son company on their journey, and the library shelves swoop and curve, embracing them. (Readers will recognize favorite titles among the carefully painted book covers.) Many books about immigration describe the process of making new friends and fitting in; this one describes what it's like to become a creative being in two languages, and to learn to love in both. "We are two languages./ We are lucha./ We are resilience./ We are hope." A Spanish-language version will be published simultaneously. Ages 4-8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-The acclaimed creator of Niño Wrestles the World and Viva Frida has crafted another masterpiece in this autobiographical picture book. From her son's birth to their move to the United States from Mexico in the mid-1990s to their often fraught- and barrier-filled life, the tale highlights the many obstacles immigrants face while trying to survive in a new country that doesn't readily welcome non-English-speaking people of color. The pair encounters respite at the library where, with the help of librarians, they find a home in the children's section. The dreamlike, lyrical text captures the wonder of childhood, learning, and discovery through books. The magical art marries the succinct and powerful narrative in a resplendent celebration of literacy, language, and the transformative power of the picture book form. Readers will delight in finding Morales's tributes to kid lit classics, new and old, throughout the spreads. The majestic illustrations often incorporate Mexican traditions and mythology and they resound with mythic imagery, speaking volumes about the love and dreams shared between mother and child. Morales explains in an author's note that she and her son are not "Dreamers" in the modern sense-"young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children"-but dreamers in the sense of all immigrants who come to a new country. Also appended are a thorough list of the books referenced in the artwork and a fascinating note on the materials used in the creation of this work, including a nib pen that once belonged to Maurice Sendak, scanned images of Morales's studio floor, her and her son's childhood drawings, and more. VERDICT- This excellent memoir encapsulates the fears, hopes, and dreams that come along with immigrating to a new place and building a new life in an unfamiliar and often hostile landscape. A timely and much-needed selection.-Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
An instant New York Times bestseller, with seven starred reviews! <br> <br> In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.<br> <br> She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams...and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales's gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly's passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.<br> <br> Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.<br> <br> The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi's own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.<br> <br> A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available.<br> <br> A Junior Library Guild selection!
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