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Book Title: Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado|
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The author of the book: Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Edition: Children's Book Press
Date of issue: June 3rd 1997
ISBN 13: 9780892391301
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.28 MB
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Friends from the Other Side, by Gloria Anzaldua, illustrated by Consuelo Mendez
Prietita is a young Mexican-American girl living in South Texas, near the Rio-Grande river which is the U.S.-Mexican border. One day, she meets a boy named Joaquin, who meets her clad in a long sleeve shirt (unusual for the summer) and a bundle of firewood. She notices that his Spanish is different from hers, and asks if he is from "the other side." The two quickly become friends, and through this friendship Prietita comes to see the vast differences between her life and that of Joaquin's, and the challenges that come with being labeled as an illegal from across the border.
The author does a wonderful job conveying the difficulties of being an illegal immigrant living near the border, and the social stigma that comes with it. In this very real and down to earth book, children will be introduced to many realities involving illegal immigration. The hardships that these families face, the prejudices against them, and the overall hate that some individuals have for immigrants are all topics highlighted in the text. The author does a wonderful job of conveying all of these issues without pulling any punches, while at the same time keeping it kid friendly. Though the illustrations feel rushed and elementary, this does not detract from the overall message that the author is trying to give. Adults will find this book a wonderful tool for explaining illegal immigration to children and as a way to help them empathize with a group of people that they may have no conception of.
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Read information about the authorGloria E. Anzaldúa was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work.
When she was eleven, her family relocated to Hargill, Texas. Despite feeling discriminated against as a sixth-generation Tejana and as a female, and despite the death of her father from a car accident when she was fourteen, Anzaldúa still obtained her college education. In 1968, she received a B.A. in English, Art, and Secondary Education from Pan American University, and an M.A. in English and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, she joined politically active cultural poets and radical dramatists such as Ricardo Sanchez, and Hedwig Gorski.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English from the then Pan American University (now University of Texas-Pan American), Anzaldúa worked as a preschool and special education teacher. In 1977, she moved to California, where she supported herself through her writing, lectures, and occasional teaching stints about feminism, Chicano studies, and creative writing at San Francisco State University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Florida Atlantic University, among other universities.
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