Wonders of the City
Here in the city there are
come in cans.
In El Salvador
they grew up on the trees
Here chickens come
in plastic bags.
they slept beside me.
This is one of 21 poems about a child's experience of emigrating from El Salvador to the US in the book A Movie in My Pillow/ Una película en mi almohada,written by Salvadoran author Jorge Argueta. Argueta writes bilingual children's books, and I learned about him when I stumbled across a blog entry by another Salvadoran writing children's books, René Colato Laínez.
One of Colato Laínez' children's books is I am René, the Boy. Here's how that book is described in one of the reviews at Amazon.com:
René learns in school, to his surprise, that in the United States his name is also a girl's name. The boys in his school tease him because of his name. A resourceful child, René researches his name in the school library and finds the meaning of his name. In a school contest he writes about his name and explains how it is connected to both his homeland, El Salvador and, his adopted country, the United States.
For anyone, Anglo or Latino, wanting to find children's books which explore growing up in two cultures, you should check out these two Salvadoran authors.