A tough and honest look at what deportation does to regular families. Maricela’s all-too-common experience is a child’s realistic perspective of what many families face. The illustrations aren’t just gorgeous; they hum with life and hope.
When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his children are left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Their day-to-day norm now includes moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness. Though Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child’s perspective when a parent is deported, Maricela learns that her love for her father continues on even though he's no longer part of her daily life.
About the Author
Diane de Anda, a third generation Latina, is a retired professor in the Department of Social Welfare at UCLA. Author of several children’s books featuring Latino families, she has five more books due to be published in 2018 and 2019. Sue Cornelison is the author and illustrator of many children's books. She relishes her time with family, coaching her tumbling and trampoline team, and playing wildlife photographer when she isn't illustrating.
"Author De Anda honors the real challenge that many children face when a parent is deported and reminds them that it's 'all right…to cry.' Available in both Spanish and English, this story validates a heartbreaking experience." — Kirkus Reviews
"Ten-year-old Maricela stares at the mango-colored moon, reminiscing on the many nights during which she and her father did the same—before his deportation. Social worker and scholar DeAnda frankly presents simple responses to the questions immigrant children might have after being separated from their parents. This Spanish version of the simultaneous English publication is sometimes awkward in its phrasing, but overall this is a much-needed text for many libraries serving families in similar situations. Though the book covers a heavy subject, Cornelison’s evocative, light-filled spreads add a hint of hope, even while depicting how Maricela’s dad’s plight affects the whole family—through finances, living situations, school performance. Touching and timely, this is a strong choice for picture-book shelves, especially where bibliotherapy is needed." — Booklist