Good-Bye, Havana! Hola, New York!

Good-Bye, Havana! Hola, New York!

By Edie Colon; Rolon Colon (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781442406742, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011


When five year old Gabriella hears talk of Castro and something called revolution in her home in Cuba, she doesn't understand. Then when her parents leave suddenly and she remains with her grandparents, life isn't the same. Soon the day comes when she goes to live with her parents in a new place called the Bronx. It isn't warm like Havana, and there is traffic not the ocean outside her window. Their life is different- it snows in the winter and the food at school is hot dogs and macaroni. What will it take for the Bronx to feel like home?

About the Author
Edie Colon is an elementary school teacher in New York state. She emigrated from Cuba at age 5. This story is based on her childhood.

Colon has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including the "New York Times" bestselling "Angela and the Baby Jesus" by Frank McCourt, Susanna Reich's "Jose! Born to Dance", and Jill Biden's "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"." "Mr. Colon lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.