Book Review: Elena's Big Move

I received a free copy of the book Elena's Big Move recently and wanted to share with you all my (and my child's) review of it. Here's a little about the book and the author:

Elena’s Big Move (Synergy Books, 978-0-9823140-4-3, $16.95) tells the story of a 9-year-old Puerto Rican girl, Elena, who is moving to Indiana. Faced with the scary idea of leaving her island, she turns to her family for support. Her parents give her a camera and an empty scrapbook, assuring her that memories will travel just as well as her belongings. She photographs her favorite places, documenting everything from her school to her family’s favorite spot to picnic. When it’s time to walk into her Indiana classroom filled with new faces, Elena is braced by the memories she holds in her scrapbook. When her photos prompt a class discussion, Elena learns that home, even a new one, always holds both the past and an exciting future.
Elena’s Big Move provides more than just an entertaining story. With tips for parents in the back of the book, Olivieri encourages parents to actively prepare for a new beginning, even before leaving their old home. Sarah Olivieri is a second grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Gary, Ind., as well as a youth leader at First Christian Church, where she helps with at-risk teenagers. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received her bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University Calumet. Olivieri briefly worked as a realtor for Coldwell Banker where she encountered many families struggling with a big move. She currently lives in Munster, Ind., with her husband, Jose, and three children. Olivieri is excited to add ‘author’ to her job title and plans on writing more children’s books in the future.

Zeke (my four year old) and I read the book together. He especially liked that the little girl in the story moved to Indiana, which is where we live. The pictures were wonderful and it highlighted some neat things from the girl's hometown and in Indiana, the place she would be moving to. I, as an adult, liked that the author wrote about her own experiences moving as a little girl to help others who might be going through a similar situation. We've never had to move (well, we did but it was very short) but I think the story and the tips in the back would be especially helpful for parents that are planning to move to read with their children.

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