Going Home

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HarperCollins, Aug 22, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
24 Reviews

Christmas is coming and Carlos and his family are going home-driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember?

At first, La Perla doesn't seem very different from the other villages they pass through. But then Carlos is swept into the festivities by Grandfather, Aunt Ana, and the whole village. Finally, Carlos begins to understand Mama and Papa's love for the place they left behind, and realizes that home can be anywhere, because it stays in the hearts of the people who love you.

Eve Bunting and David Diaz-the Caldecott Medal-winning team behind Smoky Night- collaborated once again to create a dazzling picture book that glows with holiday joy and the spirit of Mexico.


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The illustrations are very bright, vivid and colorful. - Goodreads
The best part of the story were the illustrations. - Goodreads
I particularly loved the illustrations in this book. - Goodreads
Pictures are used along with drawings. - Goodreads
I did not like the font that was chosen for this story. - Goodreads
The pictures make me want to go to Mexico. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christine Medunycia - Goodreads

This is a very pretty story of sacrifice and of "opportunities". Refugees is listed because, although it is not war - the family must relocate to survive. The children can understand - it is wonderful ... Read full review

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User Review  - LeAnn Forystek - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book and the thoughtful of the children as they saw their parents give up happiness in Mexico to provide for their kids. I loved the descriptions of Mexico and the different lifestyle their culture has. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.

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