Junot Díaz & Leo Espinosa
Dial, 2018 (2018)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ola's schoolmates all come from somewhere far away. She does too but can't remember the island where she was born, as she was a baby when her family left it. Now her teacher has asked everyone to draw a picture of where they came from - what will she do?
(enhanced by Leo Espinosa's colorful illustrations) is all about a small child exploring her roots through family and their friends' memories. Cousin Leticia recalls
; Mrs. Bernard misses the music and
; others speak of coconut milk, mangoes, and color everywhere; and Abuela remembers the poetry of the beaches.
ut there are less happy memories too. Lola's mother speaks of a hurricane's devastation, and Mr. Mir recalls the
who terrified everyone and made whole families disappear, until heroes banished it forever. I bet you'll love the picture Lola drew for school as much as I did!
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