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Xochitl and the Flowers (2003)

Author: Jorge Argueta Illustrator: Carl Angel
Publisher: Children's Book Press
Number of pages: 32 pages

Miles away from their home in El Salvador, Xochitl (SOH-cheel) and her family make a new home in the United States, but nothing is the same. Xochitl mourns a lovely garden and her familys small flower business, all left behind. Selling flowers on the street soon provides more than income for the Flores family: they begin to make friends with local storeowners and neighbors. But it is not until the family decides to start a nursery in its backyard that Xochitl begins to learn the true value of community in their adopted country. Basing his narrative on real-life events, prize-winning poet Jorge Argueta has crafted a tender, poetic, and moving story about a familys determination to set down roots and about their childs blooming among friends and neighbors. Artist Carl Angels authentic and brilliant artwork splendidly documents this quintessentially American immigration story.

ISBN 13: 9780892392247

Available in English and Spanish.