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Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience

Last updated Thursday, May 9, 2019

Author: Alma Flor Ada
Illustrator: David Diaz
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 158089383X
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2019

Synopsis: Juanita lives in New York and is Mexican. Felipe lives in Chicago and is Panamanian, Venezuelan, and black. Michiko lives in Los Angeles and is Peruvian and Japanese. Each of them is Latino. Thirteen young Latinos and Latinas living in America are introduced in this book celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino and Latina experience in the United States. Free-verse fictional narratives from the perspective of each youth provide specific stories and circumstances for the reader to better understand the Latino people’s quest for identity. Each profile is followed by nonfiction prose that further clarifies the character’s background and history, touching upon important events in the history of the Latino American people, such as the Spanish Civil War, immigration to the US, and the internment of Latinos with Japanese ancestry during World War II. Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy’s informational yet heartwarming text provides a resource for young Latino readers to see themselves, while also encouraging non-Latino children to understand the breadth and depth of the contributions made by Latinos in the US.

Discussion topics:
•  Relating to the characters:
•  Does the character remind them of anyone they know? Do they share anything [feelings, experiences, likes/dislikes, family relationships] with the character? What has been more meaningful about the character?
•  Relating to the place:
•  Each character lives in a different place in the United States. Some of them were born, or have parents born, elsewhere. How familiar are the students with the places mentioned in the book? Do they know anyone from those places? What have they learned about those places after reading from this book?
•  Relating to the ethnic/cultural background
•  Do they share ethnic/cultural background with the character? Do they know anyone who does? What has impressed them the most about the character’s ethnic/cultural background? What have they learned?
•  Relating to the non-fictional information
•  How much did they know about the information presented in the chapter? What do they know now they did not know before? What else would they like to know?

Craft ideas:
•  Make an enriched calendar showing some of the special days for each month. See Pinterest, follow the link for an example.
•  Make a Father's Day card. (for father, uncle, grandfather, someone who is like a father to you.)
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!