Even prior to winning the Newberry, people were writing about this special picture book. While the book is being touted for its diversity and recognition of a Latino author, to me this book speaks to the reader's heart from its very first pages as CJ and his nana push open the church doors and share the world with each other. Having had close relationships with my own grandparents, I feel a kinship with young CJ who endlessly badgers his nana with questions like "...how come we don't got a car?" to "How come that man can't see?" Nana's gentle lessons for CJ are spoken in elegant figurative language, but more importantly revealed in the compassionate example that she provides. This precious glimpse into the best of humanity will resonate with readers who see themselves in the mirror and with those who long for such relationships in their own lives.
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