Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad suspiros
By Rigoberto González
Illustrated by Rosa Ibarra
Eight-year-old Soledad dreads coming home to her lonely house every day after school. She invents an imaginary sister to keep her company at first, but a much better solution emerges from the imagination and curiosity of two good friends from the neighborhood.
Prize-winning poet and writer Rigoberto González has crafted a delicate and touching tale about a latchkey child's loneliness and her friends' lively ingenuity in dealing with this all too common concern. Artist Rosa Ibarra's lovely, thoughtful illustrations bring a New York neighborhood to life in warm pastel tones.
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About the Creators
was born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. The son and grandson of migrant farmworkers, he is an award-winning poet and writer. Since completing his third university degree, he has worked mostly in New York and primarily with children and young adults as a dance instructor, daycare provider, literacy specialist, and creative writing teacher.
Rosa Ibarra is a painter whose work is exhibited and collected internationally. Born and raised in Puerto Rico and schooled in Paris, she studied painting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she graduated with Honors. She went on to apprentice in Paris with her father, the painter, Alfonso Arana. She has four children, Klara, Nina, Kristina and Gabriel, and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 4
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Bilingual, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Families, Friendship, Home, Imagination, Immigration, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Collaboration, Conflict resolution, Empathy/Compassion, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Kindness/Caring, Neighbors, New York, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Overcoming Obstacles, Poverty, Realistic Fiction, Responsibility