Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre
By René Colato Laínez, Illustrated by Laura Lacámara
One day while playing basketball Sofía accidentally knocks over her mother’s purse and uncovers what she thinks is a deep, dark family secret: a card that says Resident Alien.
Mamá is an alien and admits it!
Her father seems to know about it already and says that he is not. Soon Sofía starts to imagine what her alien mother could be doing when Sofía is asleep, like…intergalactic basketball? She had better hide her ball! But, if her mother is an alien and her father is not, which part of Sofía is alien—the top or bottom, the left or the right? And how does Mamá hide her alien features? One night Sofía wakes up and sees Mamá in her alien form, only to discover that alien is one of those English words that has two meanings. Sofía soon learns what it means to be a Resident Alien, just in time for her mother’s citizenship ceremony.
René Colato Laínez writes a moving story. Based on the author’s own experience, its focus is a young girl as she discovers the citizenship process and how it affects her family. The book offers the full text in a bilingual format. Laura Lacámara adds illustrations that demonstrate the emotions of the characters in detail. The shocked look on Sofía’s face when she discovers the alien card is realistic, along with Mamá’s joy when discussing her new citizenship status. The imagination sequences fit right into the main story.Check Availability