"Based on the life of her own grandmother, author Janet Costa Bates‘ debut title is a touching tale about the sometimes bittersweet immigration journey. While Grandma’s family finally had enough to eat as new Americans, they never forgot their faraway homeland . . . and all the loved ones they left behind. Bates includes an “Author’s Note” about the Cape Verdean Islands, their colonial Portuguese heritage, and how mantenhaskept families together in spite of the many miles. Illustrator Lambert Davis‘ captures Grandma and Cora’s special bond just right . . . their holding hands, their knowing looks, their multi-generational love. —BookDragon "