Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Shelves Now: MAMA's NIGHTINGALE: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated Leslie Staub

32 p.
Publisher: Dial
Ages: 5 to 8

After Saya’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother’s warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories on cassette tape. Every night, Saya drifts off to sleep to the sounds of Haitian folktales mixed with parables of their current situation. Inspired by her mother’s stories and her father’s attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own—one that just might bring her mother home for good. With colorful, stirring illustrations, this picture book is a poignant and tender tale about the human side of immigration and how every child has the power to make a difference.

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