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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Alfredito Flies Home
by Jorge Argueta
Age Range: 6-8
Alfredito and his family are very excited because they are going to visit their old home in El Salvador for Christmas. It will be the first time they have gone back since they left as refugees four years ago after settling in California.
This trip will be made by plane and none of the family has ever flown before. The excitement gathers apace as they pack their bags, buy presents to take to their relatives, drive to the airport, board the plane and actually fly. When Alfredito arrives everything seems exactly the same – their house, the smells, the food, familiar plants and flowers which all fill his heart with a sense of belonging.
Alfredito Flies Home by Jorge Argueta, a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian who now lives in San Francisco writes from experience. Together with the full-page colour portrait illustrations by Nicaraguan illustrator Luis Garay it celebrates an experience familiar to so many people who have left their original country to find a new life and no matter how good that life, may be, there is no place like home.