Danticat, Edwidge Mama’s Nightingale Penguin, 2015. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK
Saya is a little girl who misses her mother very much,
especially her voice. Her mother is being held in an immigration detention
center, and though they visit her its not enough. When her Mama begins sending
Saya bedtime on tape, Saya writes her own story and it sets off a chain of
The illustrations are alive and filled with flowing movement. Its
hard to read about a child who misses her mother so much. I think this book could
be quite controversial depending on the atmosphere in the media and at your
school on illegal immigration.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.