August 15, 2020


When This World Was New

By D. H. Figueredo

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez

Danilito and his parents leave their homeland in a warm Caribbean island nation and come to live in the United States. Although excited, they are filled with trepidation at the prospect of life in a place where they don’t speak the language or know the customs. The concerns of finding work and settling into a new school and neighborhood are uppermost in everyone’s mind, but a magical, unexpected snowfall raises everyone’s spirits and hopes about their new home in America.

In a general way, When This World Was New reflects the experiences of both the author and illustrator. D. H. Figueredo, the author, and Enrique O. Sanchez, illustrator, are natives of Latin American countries. Figueredo came to the United States from Cuba when he was a teenager. Sanchez was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when he was 20.

  1. Have you and your family ever moved? What was the experience like? How did you feel?
  2. What does the word “immigrant” mean? Do you know any people who are recent immigrants? From which countries did they come?
  3. When you face new situations, how do you feel? How do you act? Why?
  4. Can you speak more than one language? How would you communicate if you moved to a place where people spoke a language you did not know?

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