Published by Groundwood Books
Summary: A little girl and her father are making the difficult journey from Central America or Mexico to the United States. They travel first by small boat, then on the top of a freight train. They’re delayed by soldiers, and have to run away. Sometimes the father has to stop and work to earn more money. The story is told by the girl, who doesn’t know where they’re going. She passes the time counting birds, clouds, and soldiers. She plays with a boy when her father has to work. She wonders where they are going and how long it will take to get there. Grades K-3.
Pros: A fascinating and eye-opening story for children living north of the border. The text, in the little girl’s voice, doesn’t explain many of the things going on in the illustrations, like the father grabbing his daughter and fleeing from soldiers. There are few details given about their homeland, making the story more universal.
Cons: It’s hard to understand what’s going on just from reading the text. Young readers will need an adult to give the story some context.