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Migrant / by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

 

Title: Migrant
Author:  Maxine Trottier 
Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher:  Groundwood Books
ISBN:  978-0-88899-975-7
Year:  2011

Concepts: migrant labor, working conditions, discrimination, child schooling and work

Review:  As the youngest member of her large family, Anna has little choice but to follow along every spring when her family travels from their home in Mexico to Canada in search of farm work. As migrant workers, Anna's parents and siblings faces insecure employment and poor working conditions, and the empty farmhouses that they rent are often expensive and do not feel very inviting. Anna is too young to work and she cannot go to school, so she spends much of her time daydreaming and thinking about what it would be like to have roots sunk deeply into just one place.

Lyrical prose and creative illustrations speak to the imaginations of young children, communicating some of the hardships and disappointments that Anna and her family experience. A detailed author's note speaks to the wisdom of parents and teachers, helping them to further teach young learners about the rights of migrant workers to decent working and living conditions. Separating this work from other children's books about migration and work is the focus on Mexico's Mennonite community and the issues faced by some of its members in Canada and Mexico.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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