After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don't speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and “trees will ride on cars.” With whimsical imagery and a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, Gretchen Griffith takes readers on a multicultural journey with Eduardo who discovers the United States is not so different from Latin America and home is wherever family is.
In this sensitive story, when a family relocates to an American town from an unnamed Latin American country, Eduardo seeks assurance about when he will feel at home. "First that mountain will turn the color of the sun," says T o Miguel, adding that "pumpkins will smile" and the trees will resemble skeletons. "No se puede," is Eduardo's response, but as the seasons change and Eduardo makes friends, these and other promises comes to fruition. At Christmas, Eduardo finally feels at home as he arranges the family Nativity set he treasures. Farias's burnished paintings create a feeling of warmth and luminescence in every scene, while Griffith's soothing, poetic language delivers a comforting message about traditions and transitions. Ages 4 7. Illustrator's agent: Mela Bolinao, MB Artists.