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Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she's in jail, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore on cassette tape. Moved by her mother's tales and her father's attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own -- one that just might bring her mother home for good.

With stirring illustrations, this tender tale shows the human side of immigration and imprisonment -- and shows how every child has the power to make a difference.

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"Every night, Saya's father writes letters to the judges, their mayor and congresswoman, and newspapers and television stations, but no one ever writes back....Saya writes a story of her own to ease the sadness. When Papa sends her letter to a newspaper reporter, everything changes, and Saya learns the incredible power of words and stories. Danticat, who was born in Haiti, was separated from her parents until she was 12 years old and beautifully conveys a story about loss and grief and hope and joy." -- Jennifer Steib Simmons, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Edwidge Danticat
Illustrator Leslie Staub
ISBN 0525428097
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Publisher Dial Books
Language English