What I loved: The illustrations here accompany the poem perfectly and are softly elegant, bringing the scenes to life with plenty of color and details. Young readers will find the text quite inspirational, as it reveals the many difficulties Herrera has overcome, inviting them to imagine their own difficulties and how they can overcome them. This would be a great book for a classroom, where racism/culture could be discussed as well as poetry and this position. This book is also a great #ownvoices read that certainly makes it worthwhile to experience. While it is autobiographical, it is not weighted down by facts but rather buoyed by them in poetry.
Final verdict: A great addition for the classroom or library, this lovely poem brings an inspirational autobiography to life with invitations to the reader to imagine and reach their own potential. Gorgeous illustrations accompanying the text have appeal for elementary schoolers of all ages.