Groundwood Books

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Written by Jorge Argueta • Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano • Translated by Elisa Amado

For kids 7 - 12 years old | Published October 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554988501
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

Cover of Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

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36 pages | 8.50 in × 9.25 in
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About this book

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Jorge Argueta • Alfonso Ruano • Elisa Amado

Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.

This powerful book by award-winning Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta describes the terrible process that leads young people to undertake the extreme hardships and risks involved in the journey to what they hope will be a new life of safety and opportunity. A refugee from El Salvador’s war in the eighties, Argueta was born to explain the tragic choice confronting young Central Americans today who are saying goodbye to everything they know because they fear for their lives. This book brings home their situation and will help young people who are living in safety to understand those who are not.

Compelling, timely and eloquent, this book is beautifully illustrated by master artist Alfonso Ruano who also illustrated The Composition, considered one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine.

About the Creators

Jorge Argueta

Jorge Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. Jorge lives in San Francisco, California. Visit Jorge Argueta's website: j

Alfonso Ruano

Alfonso Ruano is an illustrator and the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY's Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
The poems are vivid and accessible, and Ruano’s earth-toned acrylic illustrations show people on the move who are both fragile and strong at the same time.
  • Winner Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, 2017
  • Commended ALA Notable Children's Books, 2017
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth, 2017
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Commended Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature Honor Book, 2017
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Commended Américas Award, 2017
  • Commended NCTE Notable Poetry List, 2017
  • Commended SLJ's Top 10 Latinx, 2016
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