Powerful imagery of a child-sized, brown hand, holding a pencil, begin and end Dreamers, giving the impression that this book was written by the young girl asleep on the Title Page.
On soft cloud-colored pages, pages never white but the color of sand and tortillas, sepia or egg-nog, the protagonists of Dreamers come into contact with America. Mother and son are depicted as vital, boldly outlined figures, who dominate their pastel settings on each page. The young Mexican woman wears in a dress with a flame-covered hem, her charming baby wears a tee shirt and a diaper.
Mother and son first acclimate to the U.S. with a zipped backpack, containing gifts from their homeland of Mexico. Only at the the public library, where each book on the shelf is as boldly distinctive as the mother and son, do the contents of this backpack emerge. First peeking out and then thriving, learning "to trust, to read to write, and to make our voices heard."
Yuyi Morales gift to America is this timely book which GORGEOUSLY illustrates her immigrant experience. An experience depicted not as as the stuff of nightmares but as a radiant dream.