Terry Catasús Jennings

To turn a shabby little house into a welcoming home, all it takes is a big-hearted family eager to help others. . . and a little hope. La casita offers a home for those who don’t have anywhere to go. It’s a safe place in a new land, and Esperanza is always the first to welcome them. An inspiring, semi-autobiographical story of how immigrants can help each other find their footing in a new country, accompanied by the rich and vivid illustrations of award-winning artist Raúl Colón. 
​"THE LITTLE HOUSE OF HOPE (Neal Porter, $18.99, ages 4 to 8), by Terry Catasús Jennings, is an uplifting story of arrival. When Esperanza, Manolo and their parents come to the United States from Cuba, they can only afford a small house that smells like “old, wet socks,” but they are safe and happy to be together. Raul Colón’s illustrations emphasize their connection; one beautifully composed spread depicts each family member at work or school before bringing them together around a table, reading. Together they enjoy “the memories of home bubbling in Mami’s pots,” together they work on their little house. Before long, others join them — an aunt with her baby, a Mexican family in need of shelter — and the house becomes a true starter home: a way for new arrivals to find a foothold in the States and for all the members of this warm community to contribute and support one another." Nalini Jones 10/30/22 NYT

"This book reflects the stories of many a refugee family and humanizes a group of people often othered. In an age-appropriate way, it touches on the complicated reasons people leave their homes." -- Kirkus

"A valuable story about the importance of generosity and community." -- Booklist

"An absolute heartwarming read that feels like a warm embrace!" - Payal Doshi Author Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

"A great selection that honestly presents the hardships and the victories of families workinghard for a bright future. --Selenia Paz SLJ

​"A “little house” is at the center of this story about generosity among members of an extended immigrant family and the stability they provide for one another. - Leticia Terrones Horn Book

"What I love about this story is young children get a first hand account of moving to the United States as an immigrant and the many reasons why families leave their homelands. Kids not only see the work ethic of both Esperanza’s family and her extended family but also their absolute willingness to lend a hand to others." Laura Mossa, Beagles and Books

"There’s just the right amount of detail to the reasons as to why people immigrate. It is perfect for growing empathy in children. We sense through Esperanza’s eyes the beauty of the home they left behind, and also the bravery it takes to work towards something else." - KatieFischerWrites.com

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