Mama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation by Edwidge DanticatMama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Mama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation

byEdwidge DanticatIllustratorLeslie Staub

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist

After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she’s in jail, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore on cassette tape. Moved by her mother's tales and her father's attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own—one that just might bring her mother home for good.

With stirring illustrations, this tender tale shows the human side of immigration and imprisonment—and shows how every child has the power to make a difference.
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. Her books have been selected for Oprah’s Book Club and have been twice nominated for the National Book Award. In 2009 Edwidge received a MacArthur Genius Grant. She lives in Miami, Florida.Leslie Staub is a children's book author and illustr...
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Title:Mama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And SeparationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.31 × 10.25 × 0.37 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525428097

ISBN - 13:9780525428091

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Now a Kirkus Best Books of 2015!"Skillfully written with Creole words sprinkled into the English, Mama’s Nightingale is richly illuminated by Leslie Staub’s oil paintings evoking Haitian folk art.”—The New York Times* "A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don't."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "[Danticat] beautifully conveys a story about loss and grief and hope and joy."—School Library Journal, starred review"A serious yet hopeful story...readers similarly separated from a loved one may well find solace in Danticat’s honest storytelling."—Publishers Weekly"Children of parents who are being detained will be comforted by knowing they are not the only ones facing this challenge and might even be inspired to take action the way Saya does."—The Horn Book"Danticat’s immigration story is compelling...The inclusion of Haitian phrases adds to the personal nature of the story, whose happy ending is deserved by all."—Booklist