Amelia's Road

Amelia's Road

By (author) Linda Jacobs Altman , Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


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Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not home.Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way.The richly colored illustrations bring to life the landscape of California's Central Valley farmland. Amelia's Road is an inspirational tale about the importance of home.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 198.12 x 248.92 x 5.08mm | 68.04g
  • 01 Apr 2000
  • Lee & Low Books Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 188000027X
  • 9781880000274
  • 55,828

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Amelia Martinez hates all roads; every time her father gets out the map, it means leaving new friends and a teacher who hasn't even learned her name. But for this young Latino migrant, one brief stay offers a modicum of hope: a sympathetic teacher as for a picture of"something that's really special to you" (Amelia draws a home); and she discovers a winding, "accidental" path to a "wondrous tree...the sturdiest, most permanent thing Amelia had ever seen." When it's time to move on to the next crop, Amelia collects her drawing, the name tag the teacher gave her, and a family photo and buries them under the tree - "a place she could come back to." And this time she doesn't weep when her father gets out the road map. A spare, unsentimental, empathetic picture of a quietly courageous child making the best of difficult necessity. Sanchez (Abuela's Weave, p. 297) provides handsome acrylic paintings in a monumental, fresco-like style that emphasizes these characters' dignity and humanity. (Kirkus Reviews)

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