Libby’s great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school—at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together—asking questions and sharing stories and memories—until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
“Barton’s (The Invisible Boy) digitally painted pencil sketches have a soft, smudgy quality with a pink-and-pale-blue palette that echoes the colors of the American flag. Spanish words appear occasionally, in keeping with the melting-pot theme, and Barton’s art easily conveys Libby and Lobo’s loving rapport.”
School Library Journal (January 2014)
“This is an essential purchase.”
“Barton’s warm, mixed-media illustrations echo the warmth in Lobo’s words: “This country is like one big family…that works together to take care of the people who need help.”
School Library Journal (April 2014)
“The pencil and digitally painted illustrations have a watercolor softness that shows the deep warmth and closeness between niece and aunt. The characters are endearing, rendered primarily in shades of blue…This gentle book explores what it means to be an American from the perspective of both a child and new citizen.”
– Accepted into the Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit 2014