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. Volume XVII Number 32. . . .April 22, 2011
Anna is a Low-German speaking Mennonite girl whose family members are migrant farm workers. Every year, Anna's family travels from Mexico to Canada to work on farms as seasonal workers. In Migrant, Anna shares her emotions about being a member of a migrant family that continually travels from place to place. Anna explains that she feels like a goose continually migrating, like a jackrabbit when moving into new houses, like a bee when watching her family work, and like a kitten when she is snug in her bed with her sisters. She feels out of place when in Canada, and she wonders what it would be like to be a tree with roots that never has to move.
Migrant is not a linear story, but rather a series of poignant mental images as Anna shares her feelings about her life through metaphors, similes, and imagery. Trottier writes in a descriptive, vivid, almost poetic style. The illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault are fantastical and imaginative, reflecting the metaphors and imagery of the text. Readers will benefit from the nonfiction information about migrant workers in Canada that is included on the dust jacket and at the back of the book. Without this information as a preface, however, children may be lost as to what is happening in the book.
Dr. Kristen Ferguson teaches literacy education at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, ON.
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