Dancing Home

Dancing Home

Book - 2011
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When Margie's cousin Lupe comes from Mexico to live in California with Margie's family, Lupe must adapt to America, while Margie, who thought it would be fun to have her cousin there, finds that she's embarrassed by her in school and jealous of her at home.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416900887
Characteristics: 147 p. ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeErinR Apr 05, 2018

Margarita (Margie) born in America to Mexican immigrants wants nothing to do with that part of her heritage, but when her cousin Lupe from Mexico comes to live with her she will need to figure out what it means to be both American and Mexican and how to embrace both cultures.

I enjoyed that this story is told from both Margie's perspective and Lupe's. Anyone who has struggled with being accepted or being the new kid will find something to relate to in this story.


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Oct 26, 2013

Margie has been making every effort to embrace her now American heritage. When her cousin Lupe comes to live with them from Mexico, Margie finds that she is having to help Lupe adapt. It isn't easy since Lupe doesn't speak English very well and is having trouble keeping up. Margie is having to back track to the Mexican heritage she has been running away from. As Margie lends herself to family traditions and getting acquainted with Lupe, by sharing American experiences and embracing her culture through the eyes of Lupe she begins to better understand her heritage and its importance.

Ada and Zubizarreta have done an excellent job of presenting the Mexican culture through the eyes of a child. The emotions felt through Margie and Lupe will keep young readers turning the pages to see how these two girls cope with change and the challenges it brings. Young readers will learn Spanish terms and their meaning. Parents, teachers and homeschoolers will love sharing this wonderful culture and the true meaning of family and tradition.


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