My Shoes and IMy Shoes and I
By Rene Colato Lainez
Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck
Published by Boyds Mills Press

“… [T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Description
A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going north to join his mother, who lives in the United States. She has sent Mario a new pair of shoes. He will need good shoes because the journey north will be long and hard. He and his father will cross the borders of three countries. They will walk for miles, ride buses, climb mountains, and cross a river. Mario has faith in his shoes. He believes they will take him anywhere. On this day, they will take him to the United States, where his family will be reunited.

Reviews & Accolades
Second Place Winner in Best Children’s Book (English) International Latino Book Award, 2011

“This inspiring tale soars with real emotions, even as it celebrates the resiliency of children. Vanden Broeck’s color-drenched illustrations on weathered backgrounds add immediacy and detail. This moving, heartfelt tale of courage and perseverance will be embraced by a wide audience of readers, young and old.” –School Library Journal

Details of landscapes and urban landmarks are vigorously and dramatically illustrated; figures are rendered in sculptured solidity. The intense textured colors reinforce the emotional climate of each scene. The shoes dominate the front of the book’s cover; a final vignette of the shoes, repeated on the back, emphasizes their role. We are not told whether the immigration here is legal or illegal, only that it is a harrowing experience.” –Children’s Literature

“…[T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Groups Represented
El Salvadorian

Themes
Immigration, survival, family relationships

Setting
El Salvador, Guatemala City, Mexico City

Author Research
TBA

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