Amelia's Road Hardcover – Apr 1 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
This story about the daughter of migrant farm workers is, in PW's words, "an affecting and ultimately hopeful look at a transient way of living." Ages 3-10.
Copyright 1995 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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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.
The other reviewer who claims it's left wing propaganda needs to get out from under the comfy rock he/she is living under and accept the facts.
I enjoy this book and find that it I stills understanding and empathy I'm my students while delivering my target lesson.