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Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre
by Rene Colato Lainez and Laura Lacámara


Overview - Bilingual English/Spanish. In this lighthearted bilingual immigration story, a young girl sees the word alien on her mother's Resident Alien card and concludes that her mother is from another planet until the girl finds out that the word has more than one meaning.  Read more...

 
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More About Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre by Rene Colato Lainez; Laura Lacámara
 
 
 
Overview
Bilingual English/Spanish. In this lighthearted bilingual immigration story, a young girl sees the word alien on her mother's Resident Alien card and concludes that her mother is from another planet until the girl finds out that the word has more than one meaning.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780892392988
  • ISBN-10: 0892392983
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press (CA)
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emigration & Immigration
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this bilingual tale, Sofía's mother, a U.S. resident, isn't the extraterrestrial kind of alien; rather, she's from an unspecified Spanish-speaking country and has a residence card that reads "ALIEN" at the top. While Laínez's attempt to make comedy of Sofía's misunderstanding is sometimes overwrought ("I saw Mamá's shadow on the wall. She stretched out her arms.... I found the courage to switch on the light"), the portrayal of a family member on a journey toward U.S. citizenship is a crucial story, especially for readers whose citizenship has never been called into question. Younger readers may not know that non-citizens are referred to as aliens, or that the children of non-citizens wrestle with unexpected questions: "Mamá was an alien. Papá didn't have a card, so he was not an alien. That meant I was half alien," Sofía reasons. By devoting more narrative energy to the idea that Sofía's Mamá comes from outer space, Laínez (¡Vámanos! Let's Go!) keeps the story from turning sanctimonious or didactic. In warmly colored paintings, Lacámara (Dalia's Wondrous Hair/El cabello maravilloso de Dalia) matches stylized, folk art–style humans with droll alien figures that feature a variety of arms, legs, antennae, and tentacles. Ages 6–9. (May)

 
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