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In 1994, 25-year-old YUYI MORALES traveled from her home in Yelapa, Mexico, to the San Francisco Bay Area with her two-month-old son, Kelly, in order to secure permanent residency in this country. Her passage was not easy and she spoke no English whatsoever. But due in large measure to help and guidance provided by area children's librarians, she learned English as her young son learned to read, through the picture books they shared together. In spare, lyrical verse and the vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Yuyi has created a lasting testament to the journeys, both physical and metaphorical, that she and Kelly have taken together in the intervening years. Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
Publisher: New York :, Holiday House,, c2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823440559
Branch Call Number: E MOR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,29 x 24 cm


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Jul 17, 2020

Not relatable, not very compelling. Limited vocabulary. Poetic, lovely illustrations. Concept is much higher level than the language in the book, so there is a disconnect there.

IndyPL_BambiP Feb 02, 2019

What a beautiful story of immigration. All the challenges they face, and the obstacles to overcome. It places public libraries in a very good light as well. It reminds everyone why libraries are so important and many of the things we have to offer. We a truly here to serve.

LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 03, 2019

Ooooohhhh.... yes. This is what it should be like to come to the United States. This is an easy biography of Yuyi Morales' experience in 1994. So beautiful! And not just because libraries play a big part. ;) This book is for ages 3 - 8 but goes far beyond that as a discussion starter. Simply lovely. A vision of what has been and what can be again.

Dec 09, 2018

Such a beautiful way to tell a story. The illustrations jump out at you and keep you immersed in the story. The immigrants stories are not always beautiful but this book also teaches us to hold on to the memories and the struggles that help us learn and become better than we started, creating a future for ourselves for our families.

Nov 25, 2018

A beautiful story about a mother's journey to the United States with her infant son, her feelings of being overwhelmed and adrift, and finding a world of new dreams at the public library. This one made me tear up in the best way. Yuyi Morales has outdone herself with this one. I can't recommend it enough.

Nov 20, 2018

Dreamers had me thinking about how new adventures like motherhood, emigrating or creating art are courageous acts. It takes a courage to nurture and sustain the kind of life those acts bring. But Morales uses the word dream, not courage. New adventures that create new life, and the nurturing of those adventures, those lives, actually require a dream. A dream as impetus and provision.

Our mother, artist, immigrant is in need of a safe nurturing place and when she finds it, the pages explode with creative energy. The child, a dreamer himself, grows. You can’t help but think of how much of a creative, life-giving force the creator of Dreamers has brought with her and to us as an immigrant. I think about the amazing picture books her dreams have manifested; how many people she’s inspired, educated, entertained…; how many she’s nurtured with color and texture and wonder.

Dreamers is a celebration of the creative human spirit that invites you to participate. Create an opportunity to read this picture book. You’ll need more than a few minutes to flip through it. You’ll want to experience the wonder of a dream and a life, and more than twice.

Hillsboro_JanelleY Nov 09, 2018

A beautiful picture book showcasing Morales' mixed media artwork and touching personal immigrant journey.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 03, 2018

Powerful imagery of a child-sized, brown hand, holding a pencil, begin and end Dreamers, giving the impression that this book was written by the young girl asleep on the Title Page.

On soft cloud-colored pages, pages never white but the color of sand and tortillas, sepia or egg-nog, the protagonists of Dreamers come into contact with America. Mother and son are depicted as vital, boldly outlined figures, who dominate their pastel settings on each page. The young Mexican woman wears in a dress with a flame-covered hem, her charming baby wears a tee shirt and a diaper.
Mother and son first acclimate to the U.S. with a zipped backpack, containing gifts from their homeland of Mexico. Only at the the public library, where each book on the shelf is as boldly distinctive as the mother and son, do the contents of this backpack emerge. First peeking out and then thriving, learning "to trust, to read to write, and to make our voices heard."

Yuyi Morales gift to America is this timely book which GORGEOUSLY illustrates her immigrant experience. An experience depicted not as as the stuff of nightmares but as a radiant dream.

LPL_VanessaR Oct 26, 2018

Such a beautiful testament to the love that is required from a parent to cross la frontera with one's child in hand. Full of poignant illustrations and scattered with lively prose, Dreamers will leave you with a heart full of (good) heartache and with an urgent need to visit your public library to rediscover your own dreams. It's a perfect book for storytime that will captivate the imagination, joy, and hope of young and old audiences alike.

DBRL_JessicaM Oct 15, 2018

The author explores the journey she took with her young one when immigrating. A beautiful read with her bio at the back.

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