The Remembering Stone
Barbara Timberlake Russell & Claire B. Cotts
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Remembering Stone
is a gentle tale of the immigrant's nostalgia for home and family, and of the empowerment that dreams give to children. Ana and her Mama watch blackbirds '
lift like a carpet being shaken
' from their city apartment garden and wish them '
Que les vaya bien. Safe journey
' across the ocean to Ana's grandparents in Costa Rica.
ama shares her '
dream of going home
' some day. Ana's friend Sophia dreams of being an actress, and Mr. Nguyen of bringing his family to live with him. Dour Mr. Hoffer scoffs at their plans; sadly, he's forgotten how to dream. But Ana goes to sleep with Mama's
spit from the great volcanoes in Costa Rica
', under her pillow. And in her dreams she takes flight across the ocean.
eeing the extended family around her grandparents' '
', Ana decides to '
wish for luck, work hard, and hold hope inside
', so that one day she and Mama can visit together '
and all hug until our arms are tired from squeezing.
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