Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like The Clouds

somos-como-las-nubesOver 100,000 children have left Central America for the United States. The powerful poetry in this bilingual Spanish/English book describes the hardships and risks these children undertake and their hope for a new life in America. The first poems show the beauty of Central America. Next, they depict the problems, including gangs. The children face rough conditions with courage. The final poems take place in Los Angeles. The author was a refugee from El Salvador’s war in the 1980s. Beautiful surreal paintings complement the imagery of the poems. mjw
Title: Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like The Clouds
Author: Jorge Argueta
Illustrator
: Alfonso Ruano
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Elisa Amado
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-849-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 7-12
Genre
: Picture Book/Poetry
Book setting
: Central America and U.S.
Author’s ethnicity
: Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian
Author’s residence
: San Francisco
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Madrid
Awards
: Author has won the International Latino Book Award.  Illustrator has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Subjects
: Hispanic, Homelessness, Immigration, Latino, Poverty, Refugees, Stories in verse

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