Migrant (2011)
Migrant (2011)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 5
0888999755 (ISBN13: 9780888999757)
Groundwood Books
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This is an achingly good book. It conveys the wistfulness and longing of a child of migrant workers who would love to just stay somewhere and belong. The art work is fabulous,partly because it has patchwork in it. The flying geese design echoes the lives of the people. It is about Mennonite people who migrated to Mexico many years ago .the work has since dried up but they feel it is their home so only go to Canada as seasonal workers. However the experience described could apply to many migrants and immigrants. I may have to own this. Trottier uses metaphors and similes to describe the life of a young migrant girl and her family as they move with the seasons and the crops. This is a great text not only for diversifying a library but also as a mentor text for similes and metaphors. The illustrations are done using watercolor, gouche, crayons, and collage. Unfortunately I found them to be lacking in realism and almost a distraction from the text. I would have preferred more realistic illustrations to accompany the description of life an a migrant worker.
This book is about such a important topic. Terrific text to use during social studies unit of study.
I am a huge fan of Arsenault's illustrations and I enjoyed this story.
Students confused by story but loved the gorgeous illustrations.
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