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I Wish You Knew

Author: Jackie Azúa Kramer and Magdalena Mora  

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A heartfelt story that explores the aftermath of deportation, I Wish You Knew celebrates the power of connection and empathy among children.

A roomful of students begins a sharing circle wherein they write down the things they wish others knew, such as "I wish you knew that my father's been deported" or "I wish you knew that I live in a shelter."

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A heartfelt story that explores the aftermath of deportation, I Wish You Knew celebrates the power of connection and empathy among children.

A roomful of students begins a sharing circle wherein they write down the things they wish others knew, such as "I wish you knew that my father's been deported" or "I wish you knew that I live in a shelter."

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When Estrella's father has to leave becausehe wasn't born here, like her,She misses him.And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.At home. At school.Always.But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.Some kids miss family,Some kids are hungry,Some kids live in shelters.But nobody is alone.A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

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Critic Reviews

“"Kramer's homage to the "I Wish My Teacher Knew" movement draws attention to the many hardships children experience at home while still trying to succeed in school. The examples given are particularly poignant. Mora's soft, mixed-media illustrations reflect a diverse and dynamic classroom and sympathetically portray many of the challenges faced by children. For success in school, the importance of empathy and compassion can't be overstated."--Kirkus Reviews "At the center of Estrella's school is an old oak tree--a locus for the children and their teacher to explore, learn, play, and share their thoughts and fears. The tree provides a comforting place for Estrella to be alone when she is sad about her father, who wasn't born in the U.S., being forced to return to his home country. Here Estrella can allow herself to miss him and think about the ways his absence changed their family. A teacher sees Estrella and, with the help of the all-knowing oak, finds a way to invite her and the other students to share the things they wish the teacher knew. The cheerful colors mirror the warmth and playfulness in the scenes of the school community, representing hope, which is ultimately the message. The teacher and children come together through sharing and strengthen their connections to one another under the protection of the old oak tree. This mediation on social and emotional communication will prompt readers, old and young, to open up about their vulnerabilities."-- Booklist”

"Kramer's homage to the "I Wish My Teacher Knew" movement draws attention to the many hardships children experience at home while still trying to succeed in school. The examples given are particularly poignant. Mora's soft, mixed-media illustrations reflect a diverse and dynamic classroom and sympathetically portray many of the challenges faced by children. For success in school, the importance of empathy and compassion can't be overstated."--Kirkus Reviews

"At the center of Estrella's school is an old oak tree--a locus for the children and their teacher to explore, learn, play, and share their thoughts and fears. . . A teacher sees Estrella and, with the help of the all-knowing oak, finds a way to invite her and the other students to share the things they wish the teacher knew. . . This mediation on social and emotional communication will prompt readers, old and young, to open up about their vulnerabilities."--Booklist

"Kramer's latest tells the story of Estrella, a young girl whose father was not born in the United States as she was. During the school year, he has to return to his home country and Estrella is left to deal with his absence. . . VERDICT: Estrella and her classmates' experiences are all too common and children will relate, if not for themselves, for others, to this compassionate recommended purchase."--School Library Journal

"The sophisticated narrative structure effectively conveys the message that community can help us bear hard things." - Horn Book

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About the Author

Jackie Azúa Kramer studied acting and voice at NYU and earned her MA, Queens College, Counseling in Education. Jackie's books include, the award-winning The Green Umbrella (2017 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year), If You Want to Fall Asleep, and The Boy and the Gorilla. Jackie lives with her family in Long Island, NY. When not writing, you'll find Jackie reading, watching old movies and travelling to her family's roots in Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Spain.Magdalena Mora is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and graphic designer with a special interest in children's books and visual storytelling. When not drawing, she spends her free time reading, people-gawking, and trying to find the best tacos in the Twin Cities. Mostly the latter.

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Product Details

Publisher
St Martin's Press
Published
25th May 2021
Pages
32
ISBN
9781250226303

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