Book of the Week: Migrant

Migrant by Maxine Trottier Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Published: 2o11 by Groundwood Books

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

The end papers are beautiful, and leave readers guessing as to just what is this book going to be about. It adds an element of mystery.

It seems like every color of the rainbow is present – but they aren’t bold or obnoxious, they’re inviting and calming.

I loved how all the illustrations appeared to look textured, as if I could touch the page and feel something different from glossy paper.

I love how Anna, throughout the book, compares herself to various animals depending on how she’s feeling.

This, I think, shows readers that animals have feelings too.

The book is captures the spirit of a child’s vivid imagination.

The book has a whimsical feel to it. And as appreciated as that it, it doesn’t take away from  the serious story it’s telling – a story of immigration.

I really loved tha this book was about immigration because we all know someone who has immigrated to this country.

But it doesn’t sugar coat many of the realities new immigrants had to face: learning a new language, finding safe living and working conditions, fitting their culture and lifestyle into a new and sometimes un-accepting one, etc.

Even though Anna experiences a lot of changes, she’s not a pessimist, she’s always looking up, and learning.

Maxine Trottier’s writing is solid and fluid.

I really liked how the illustrated people featured in the book are almost  ambiguous, making readers feel that those people could be anyone – even themselves.

It shows the struggles being the youngest person of a big family. As Anna shows, it has its ups (being able to fit snug in a bed, all warm with her sisters) and it’s downs (not being able to help when you feel you should and could).

Trottier does a great job at not just telling us a story, but showing readers the story.

Isabelle Arsenault, illustrator of Migrant, makes this story come alive and flourish in front of readers eyes.

The story is relatable on so many levels.

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