I Pledge Allegiance
The story is well-told, with a nuanced plot and situations that kids can relate to. Everyone feels nervous about standing in front of the class, and even though Libby enjoys being up front she still has to cope with that feeling. We also see Libby helping with dinner, gardening with her family, and sharing memories with her great-aunt Lobo. Hearing Lobo's feelings and history about coming to the United States is so meaningful and heart-warming! It really puts issues of immigration and citizenship into perspective.
The illustrations by Patrice Barton are lovely. The colors are very warm and all the soft and round edges are welcoming. The characters are nicely done; it's particularly cute how much Libby looks like her mother and her great-aunt. They're an adorable little family!
The authors' note at the end of the book tells the story of Ygnacia Delgado, the woman that great-aunt Lobo is modeled after. After reading such a touching story it is made even more meaningful when we learn that Lobo was a real person.