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Amelia's Road [Hardcover]

Linda Jacobs Altman , Enrique O. Sanchez
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Sept. 1 1995

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amelia Luisa Martinez and her family, migrant farm workers, move from harvest to harvest, staying in labor camps for short periods of time. Amelia hates los caminos --the long, cheerless roads that the Martinezes travel in their rusty car--and resents the fact that she attends various schools so briefly that teachers don't always bother to learn her name. It seems unlikely that Amelia will get her wish to "settle down, to belong." But during one apple harvest, she goes to a school where the teacher and children do learn her name, and she finds a special spot near an old tree that she claims as her own. Here, when it is time to move on, the girl buries a box filled with "Amelia-things" and promises to return one day. Altman's first picture book provides an affecting and ultimately hopeful look at a transient way of living that will be unfamiliar to most of her audience. Sanchez's (illustrator of Abuela's Weave ) richly textured acrylic on canvas paintings deftly portray the arduous daily routine of migrant workers as well as the wide range of Amelia's emotions. Ages 3-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A poignant yet gentle portrayal of the lives of migrant children. Constantly on the move, Amelia's family records events by crops not dates, carries with them only what will fit in the car, and are never anywhere long enough to feel at home. The girl longs for a place to stay, a place where she belongs. Teachers rarely bother to learn her name, so when Mrs. Ramos does so, it is special. The child's picture of a white house with a big shade tree earns a beautiful red star. On the way home, she discovers a road leading to a tree just like the one she drew. She visits this place often, and buries a small metal box filled with her treasures there when she must leave. For the first time in her life, Amelia has a home place. The acrylic-on-canvas illustrations have a folk-art quality that works well with this story. The canvas texture shows through the paint to add an almost tactile roughness of hard labor while rich colors capture the harvest crops at their succulent best. An important title for any library serving migrant populations, Amelia's Road should be a welcome addition almost anywhere. Useful in a variety of educational units, it works equally well as a read-aloud or read-alone.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia's Road Jan. 18 2000
Format:Paperback
Amelia's road is an excellent resource for teachers. It can be used as part of a multi-cultural unit or to start off a unit on maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Longing to Belong: Amelia's Road March 29 2007
By Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This beautifully illustrated and simply told tale of yearning, creativity and hope invites us to wonder about the story behind our supper and the luxury of having a place to call home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia's Road Jan. 18 2000
By Cherie77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Amelia's road is an excellent resource for teachers. It can be used as part of a multi-cultural unit or to start off a unit on maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book about children that move around a lot due to parents jobs. Aug. 14 2013
By grammy wildcat - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great for my day care children because where I live we have a lot of
children who's parents move here to work in the nursery business. It gives them
an idea that someday they will have a place to call their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for interactive read aloud gr 4 Dec 22 2013
By Ellen M. Kresic - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story which sparks discussion of migrants and social issues. Use it for problem/solution and cause/effect reinforcement . Students empathize with Amelia's plight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Teaching Tool May 9 2010
By D. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Our 2nd grade class recently studied Family Geneology, Immigration, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Amelia's Road was the perfect read-aloud for our class. Several of the students have a similar background as Amelia's family, and our school is located in the center of a migrant population. Therefore, Amelia's story was very relevant for my students. I recommend this book for all teachers!
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