Migrant
By Maxine Trottier
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Published by Groundwood Books

“…[Anna’s] sense of herself as a rootless outsider is broadly applicable to other, perhaps all, migrant groups…a moving, inventive and thoughtful look at a way of life many people share.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Description
Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jack rabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten, as she shares a bed with her sisters . . . But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a “feather in the wind.”

Reviews & Accolades
An ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2012
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book, 2011
Short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration, 2011

Canadian author Trottier, while evoking the poignancy of Anna’s unsettled life, has an important story to tell about the plight of these Mennonite workers, still Canadian citizens though living in Mexico, and the hardships and dreams of migrant workers everywhere. Both text and illustrations could serve as inspiration for poems and art.” —Barbara L. Talcroft, Children’s Literature

“Trottier frames the outlook of a child in a family of migrant workers within a series of metaphors and similes…Arsenault’s mixed-media images of doll-like figures in overalls and long print dresses, hats and headscarves effectively capture both Anna’s sense of isolation and the close family ties that keep her immediate family and larger community together. Anna’s background is unusual—she belongs to a group of Low German–speaking Mennonite farmers who emigrated to Mexico in the early 20th century but kept their Canadian citizenship and still travel northward each summer—but her sense of herself as a rootless outsider is broadly applicable to other, perhaps all, migrant groups…a moving, inventive and thoughtful look at a way of life many people share.” —Kirkus Reviews

Groups Represented
Mennonite (Canadian-Mexican)

Themes
Migrant life, cultural background

Setting
Mexico
Canada

Author Research
TBA

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