Dreamers

Dreamers

eBook - 2018
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In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams...and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales's gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly's passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it. Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless. The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism.
Publisher: New York : Neal Porter Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780823441259
Subjects: Morales, Yuyi -- Juvenile literature.
Mexican Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Electronic books.
Autobiographies.
Picture books.
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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GCPL_EarlyLit Aug 31, 2018

This is a truly beautiful book that is autobiographical and tells about the author's experience immigrating to the US with her young son. Told in lyrical text and richly illustrated with mixed media style, you can truly feel the love coming off of the pages of this book. The story, told in Englis... Read More »


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IndyPL_BambiP Feb 02, 2019

What a beautiful story of immigration. All the challenges they face, and the obstacles to overcome. It places public libraries in a very good light as well. It reminds everyone why libraries are so important and many of the things we have to offer. We a truly here to serve.

LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 03, 2019

Ooooohhhh.... yes. This is what it should be like to come to the United States. This is an easy biography of Yuyi Morales' experience in 1994. So beautiful! And not just because libraries play a big part. ;) This book is for ages 3 - 8 but goes far beyond that as a discussion starter. Simply lovely. A vision of what has been and what can be again.

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SilG
Dec 09, 2018

Such a beautiful way to tell a story. The illustrations jump out at you and keep you immersed in the story. The immigrants stories are not always beautiful but this book also teaches us to hold on to the memories and the struggles that help us learn and become better than we started, creating a future for ourselves for our families.

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ElenaReads
Nov 25, 2018

A beautiful story about a mother's journey to the United States with her infant son, her feelings of being overwhelmed and adrift, and finding a world of new dreams at the public library. This one made me tear up in the best way. Yuyi Morales has outdone herself with this one. I can't recommend it enough.

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leslie_d_
Nov 20, 2018

Dreamers had me thinking about how new adventures like motherhood, emigrating or creating art are courageous acts. It takes a courage to nurture and sustain the kind of life those acts bring. But Morales uses the word dream, not courage. New adventures that create new life, and the nurturing of those adventures, those lives, actually require a dream. A dream as impetus and provision.

Our mother, artist, immigrant is in need of a safe nurturing place and when she finds it, the pages explode with creative energy. The child, a dreamer himself, grows. You can’t help but think of how much of a creative, life-giving force the creator of Dreamers has brought with her and to us as an immigrant. I think about the amazing picture books her dreams have manifested; how many people she’s inspired, educated, entertained…; how many she’s nurtured with color and texture and wonder.

Dreamers is a celebration of the creative human spirit that invites you to participate. Create an opportunity to read this picture book. You’ll need more than a few minutes to flip through it. You’ll want to experience the wonder of a dream and a life, and more than twice.

Hillsboro_JanelleY Nov 09, 2018

A beautiful picture book showcasing Morales' mixed media artwork and touching personal immigrant journey.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 03, 2018

Powerful imagery of a child-sized, brown hand, holding a pencil, begin and end Dreamers, giving the impression that this book was written by the young girl asleep on the Title Page.

On soft cloud-colored pages, pages never white but the color of sand and tortillas, sepia or egg-nog, the protagonists of Dreamers come into contact with America. Mother and son are depicted as vital, boldly outlined figures, who dominate their pastel settings on each page. The young Mexican woman wears in a dress with a flame-covered hem, her charming baby wears a tee shirt and a diaper.
Mother and son first acclimate to the U.S. with a zipped backpack, containing gifts from their homeland of Mexico. Only at the the public library, where each book on the shelf is as boldly distinctive as the mother and son, do the contents of this backpack emerge. First peeking out and then thriving, learning "to trust, to read to write, and to make our voices heard."

Yuyi Morales gift to America is this timely book which GORGEOUSLY illustrates her immigrant experience. An experience depicted not as as the stuff of nightmares but as a radiant dream.

LPL_VanessaR Oct 26, 2018

Such a beautiful testament to the love that is required from a parent to cross la frontera with one's child in hand. Full of poignant illustrations and scattered with lively prose, Dreamers will leave you with a heart full of (good) heartache and with an urgent need to visit your public library to rediscover your own dreams. It's a perfect book for storytime that will captivate the imagination, joy, and hope of young and old audiences alike.

DBRL_JessicaM Oct 15, 2018

The author explores the journey she took with her young one when immigrating. A beautiful read with her bio at the back.

DPLjosie Sep 26, 2018

Visually beautiful, with a powerful story.

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"Someday we will become something we haven't even yet imagined."

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