Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374303495, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 17, 2007
Every day I tell Mama,
I want to go home.
Every day she tells me,
We are home, Angelina.
New York is home now.
Angelina's heart aches for Jamaica, and no matter how much Mama talks of having a better life in New York, Angelina still dreams about mangos, johnnycake, rainbow-colored birds, and the warmth of the sand under her feet. Then one day Mama sees something in the paper about Carnival in Brooklyn, New York, and she thinks she may have found a way to soothe Angelina's homesickness.
With vibrant colors that seem to dance right off the page, Jeanette Winter pays homage to Jamaica and the traditions of the West Indian people.
JEANETTE WINTER is the author and illustrator of many notable books for children, including Beatrix and September Roses, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She lives in New York City.
"This tale of adjustment and discovery does imaginatively portray both [Jamaica and New York]."—Kirkus Reviews “Youngsters will easily sense—and share—the girl's gradually lightening spirits and final exuberance.”—Publishers Weekly “Eye-opening hues–a salmon-colored airplane, the yellow of a taxi, a golden sun–blend with pastel backgrounds to make the images stand out..”—School Library Journal “Angelina has a new island.”—The Washington Post
“The illustrations and Winter's short yet detail-rich text tell an engaging story.”—Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin) "An effective perspective on adjusting to a new country."—The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books