|A Review of
By Elizabeth Conde-Frazier
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Reviewed by Michelle van Loon.
“One of every five children in the United States today lives in an immigrant family. The majority of these children will become lifetime residents of the U.S., and their presence will affect the basic institutions of society.” Elizabeth Conde-Frazier quotes a think tank panel’s findings in order to focus our attention on the issues these children (and their parents) face.
The book’s 80 pages are in both Spanish and English. Though the book is brief in length, its seven chapters offer a helpful detail about the social and emotional journey often experienced by Hispanic immigrant families. Listen to the Children offers a particular emphasis on the experience of children with undocumented parents, but much of the material in the book is applicable to every immigrant family. From making the decision to leave a home culture in search of better economic prospects to the challenges of re-forming a family unit in an alien culture, Conde-Frazier allows the voices of both children and parents to describe their particular experiences. The conclusions she offers about the kinds of care and support these families need are not in-depth solutions, but wise and empathetic first steps for the teachers, clergy, social workers, friends and relatives who are involved with these families.