Monday, January 10, 2022

Review: Light for All by Margarita Engle

Happy Monday! I'm going to be stacking review for a day or two, since I need to play a little catch up thanks to an illness this last weekend. So, get read for a lot o' great reads to shoot off this week!

Today's review highlights the amazing sense of liberty, hope and freedom the US offers all those, who have immigrated to its shores in the past, present and future.  

by Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
Paula Wiseman Books
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

A lyrical and unifying picture book that “will inspire young readers” and “magnificently showcases the immigrant experience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) in America from Newbery Honoree Margarita Engle and award-winning illustrator Raúl Colón.

Discover the myriad contributions that all immigrants have made as they come to join family or start their own lives together in a new country they call home. Coming with their hopes, dreams, and determination, generations of immigrants have made the fabric of this country diverse, vivid, and welcoming.

This vibrant and timely celebration demonstrates the thousands of immigrants who built America and the importance of having acceptance and light for everyone.



This books is about immigrants and the liberty they hope to find, when venturing to the US. 
The author takes a peek at various immigrants from around the world, the different reasons why they might have left their countries, and different problems they face, while trying to resettle in the US. These do hit everything from the more difficult parts of US history to all of the other reasons immigrants have had and continue to have to make the move. The problems such as learning the language, finding acceptance and missing their homes are also mentioned.

The illustrations are well done and bring the topic across clearly. The wording is appropriate for the intended audience and makes a great read-aloud as well as a self-read for those, who are pretty sure of their words. It definitely opens up to discussions and works well in the theme of immigration. The entire atmosphere of this books promotes hope and the knowledge, that while there are challenges and darker moments, there's still the shared dream of liberty.

And here they are...

Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Rima’s RebellionYour Heart, My SkyWith a Star in My HandThe Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream GirlDancing Hands; and The Flying Girl. Visit her at

Raúl Colón is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including Draw!, an ALA Notable Book and recipient of the International Latino Book Award; Imagine!, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, and a BookPage Best Book; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to DanceAngela’s Christmas by Frank McCourt; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.

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