The bilingual picture book Luca's Bridge / El Puente de Luca, by Mariana Llanos with illustrations by Anna López Real, tells the emotional story of a boy coming to terms with his family's deportation from United States to Mexico.
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“This bilingual book illustrates how Mexican immigrant families risk everything when they cross the border into the United States in search of a better life. An essential addition to any bilingual collection.” —Natalie Romano, Denver Public Library, School Library Journal“Without didacticism, without polemic, Llanos’ and López Real’s intent in Luca’s Bridge / El puente de Luca is to spark discussion among the youngest children about what it might be like to experience immigration and deportation, and that sometimes—only sometimes—there might be hope in what appears to be hopeless situations. It’s highly recommended.” —De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
“Told in alternating English and Spanish, El puente de Luca is the timely tale of a family’s resiliency, strength, and devotion as they are voluntarily deported from the United States to Mexico. Emotions run high as Luca struggles to understand why he must leave his home and everything he’s ever known. Surreal images in shades of gray with golden accents surround Luca as he finds solace in his dreams and the music of his trumpet.” —Foreword Reviews