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Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Migrant (edition 2011)

by Maxine Trottier, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)

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Authors:Maxine Trottier
Other authors:Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
Info:Groundwood Books (2011), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Multicultural, Picture books
Tags:Canada, migration, German, Mexico, family, change, identity, hope, moving, picture book

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Migrant by Maxine Trottier



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Summary: Migrant is about a girl named Anna, whose family travels with the seasons to work on whatever farms need workers at that time. Through the book, she compares herself to different animals, and wonders what it would be like to grow roots, and be able to just stay in one place, and watch all of the seasons pass by from a home that she didn’t have to leave. She talked some about how different she felt when they shopped, and how she couldn’t understand the other people. And when the season ended, they left again.

Personal Reaction: I thought that Migrant was beautifully written. I really enjoyed this book, and how Anna kept comparing herself to bees, and rabbits, and trees. It made me sad sort of, that she never got to place roots, but I still enjoyed reading the book.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Have children pick an animal they would compare themselves to.
2. Children could describe what the seasons all look like to them from their homes.
3. Kids could talk about traveling, and could teach them some about people who travel for their work, like Anna. Ask them where they might like to travel to with their families.
  yelhsajoh | Mar 25, 2015 |
Response - It was interesting to learn that Mexicans are not the only migrant workers who leave Mexico for the north. In addition, German-speaking Mennonites migrate between Mexico and Canada, too.

Curricular connection - Unit on migration; also as a read aloud to teach figurative language
  jegammon | Mar 11, 2015 |
This is a story told from the perspective of a young Mexican girl, who travels with her family from place to place as migrant workers.
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  cm37107 | Mar 4, 2015 |
Anna and her family spend their lives migrating from place to place to work. This book was an interesting book to read. We normally get the view point of migrating to places from an adult view and I thought it was pretty cool to see it from the point of view of a child and what goes through her mind. Her thoughts are very interesting. ( )
  K_Rodriguez | Nov 26, 2014 |
This story is about a girl and her family who constantly are moving. Anna describes her family as different animals, depending on the season. Anna wonders what it would be like to have a permanent home. The author goes above and beyond to write about what it's like to be part of a family that is constantly on the move due to work. The illustrator also depicts beautiful artwork that is very appropriate for the book. ( )
  jpons | Nov 23, 2014 |
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Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten, as she shares a bed with her sisters . . . But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a "feather in the wind."

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Anna, the daughter of migrant farm workers, feels like different animals as she follows her family as they travel looking for work.

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