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StoryMakers with Terry Catasús Jennings: Little House of Hope/La Casita de Esperanza

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About This Lesson

Join Terry Catasús Jennings, author of THE LITTLE HOUSE OF HOPE/LA CASITA DE ESPERANZA (illustrated by Raúl Colón), for StoryMakers as she shares the backstory to this semi-autobiographical picture book about immigration, belonging, and what makes a house a home.

About the Book

When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they rent a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there’s room enough to share with a whole community.

“It was a little house. Una casita . . .
It was small.
It smelled like old wet socks. . .
But even though they were far from home,
The family was together.”

As Esperanza and her family settle into their new house, they all do their part to make it a home. When other immigrant families need a place to stay, it seems only natural for the family in la casita to help. Together they turn the house into a place where other new immigrants can help one another. Esperanza is always the first to welcome them to la casita. It’s a safe place in a new land.Terry Catasus Jennings first came from Cuba to the U.S. in 1961, when she was twelve years old. With The Little House of Hope, she tells an inspiring, semi-autobiographical story of how immigrants can help each other find their footing in a new country.A Spanish edition, La Casita de Esperanza, will be released simultaneously.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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