Monday, September 16, 2019

Review: A New Home by Tania de Regil


But I’m not sure I want to leave my home.
I’m going to miss so much.

Moving to a new city can be exciting. But what if your new home isn’t anything like your old home? Will you make friends? What will you eat? Where will you play? In a cleverly combined voice — accompanied by wonderfully detailed illustrations depicting parallel urban scenes — a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses trepidation about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City.

As both a military town and an almost-border town, the topic of moving to a new home - often a new country - is HUGE here. I know we are not alone in that, though, and I am sure this book will have universal appeal.

I love the way it is set up: On the very first pages the characters each speak of where they are moving, then the rest is, as the description says, a combined voice: both children could be saying the exact same things about where they live now and what their worries are. Side by side illustrations offer enough similarities and differences to have children poring over them for hours.

A must-have for any children's library, and definitely a must-read for any family planning a move. I will be adding it to my 'recommended reading' list for moving, and will be sure to point it out during PCS season!

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