Published by Neal Porter Books
Summary: “Child, you are awake! Breathe in, then breathe out, hermosa creatura. You are alive! You are a bright star inside our hearts.” A fawn travels through a desert landscape with its mother. When it discovers the destruction of the beautiful cacti and a wall blocking its way, the mother is comforting, encouraging her fawn to speak up with a “No!”. The fawn imagines a beautiful healed world, which includes human children: “You are a bright star inside our hearts.” Includes a note from the author giving eleven reasons she wrote this book, which include a wish to show the environment of the borderlands, and its destruction from building fences and walls; also, a list of source materials. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: I’m putting this on my list of books to watch for Caldecott and/or Belpré recognition. The illustrations are amazing, Spanish and English are effortlessly woven together in the text, and the back matter adds extra depth.
Cons: It took me a few readings to fully understand what was going on in the story. That may be the book–there’s definitely more than meets the eye–or possibly my brain.