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Kids Fiction 126
lovely picture book about immigration and courage
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Beautifully illustrated, ANITA AND THE DRAGONS takes the reader on an imaginative journey about immigration and making a new start in a new place. Anita and her family are leaving the Dominican Republic on an airplane to make a life somewhere new. Anita pretends that the airplane that will take them away is a dragon, and that she is a princess of the island. When the time comes to leave, Anita feels scared of this big journey, but luckily, her family is right beside her.

What I loved: The illustrations throughout the book are lovely, soft, and detailed, capturing the story so beautifully. Every page brings Anita's world to life. The story is flowingly told with all the imagination of Anita and the truths of the world she is leaving behind and her fears over going to a new place. The feelings that the book captures feel very genuine and real. This would be a great book for classroom lessons on immigration, to help begin discussions over the experience, and/or for learning and discussion at home. The imaginative story of dragons and journeys adds to the overall feel of the book in a lovely way.

Final verdict: ANITA AND THE DRAGONS is a lovely picture book about courage and immigration, imaginatively told with beautiful illustrations.
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