Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

Danticat, Edwidge.  Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation.  Illustrated by Leslie Staub. Dial Books - Penguin Group, 2015. This is a beautifully told story of a young Haitian-American girl whose mother is in prison because she "doesn't have the right papers". The child mourns her mother, listens to her voice on a tape recorder every night. She and her Papa visit the prison each week. Finally, Saya writes a letter to the newspaper asking why her Mother cannot wait at home with the family for her papers to be approved. Her story is published, there is much publicity, and the judge finally allow the family to be reunited. Gorgeously illustrated with Haitian folk art, this is a remarkably age appropriate telling of a painful, difficult story. 2016 Honor Book for younger readers.  

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