How do we keep our family history alive? In this insightful and poignant book, Junot Diaz examines just how we keep our stories alive. In an age when immigration is a debate in our nation and tops the headlines each day, we consider the story of Lola, who immigrated as a baby. She cannot remember “The Island” that she came from, since she left when she was a baby.
To bridge the past with the present, Lola’s family brings the “The Island” to her, by sharing all kinds of memories – from the wonderful to the heartbreaking. It is a story of sharing, imagination and the importance of our stories.
Throughout this story, Lola starts to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”
Note: This book is also available in Spanish under the title “Lola”.
Response to Literature
AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Explore/Think V.A.3 Engaging in inquiry-based processes for personal growth.
How much do we really know about our family history? How far back in history can we imagine? How is the story of your family history conveyed over time?
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