A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration (Hardcover)

A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration By Cynthia Harmony, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator) Cover Image

A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration (Hardcover)


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A heartwarming tale of a girl waiting for her beloved Papá to return when the monarchs fly south to their home in Mexico.

Lucía loves to watch the monarchs' migration from her home in Mexico with Papá. But this year, the monarchs' journey north holds extra weight; Papá is heading north, too, to look for work. He promises her that when "the weather turns cold and the monarcas return, our winged ancestors will guide me home." So while he spends the summer months harvesting produce on faraway farms, Lucía watches the skies for signs of the monarchs'—and her papá's—return. 

Told through the parallel stories of the butterflies’ journey and Lucía's migrant farmer father, Cynthia Harmony's A Flicker of Hope is a love letter to the power of families and nature, both of which know no borders.
Cynthia Harmony is an educational psychologist who has created exhibits and bilingual learning materials for children and science museums. Originally from Mexico City, Cynthia is a children's author and translator.

You can follow her at CynthiaHarmony.com.

Devon Holzwarth grew up in Panama with the jungle as her garden and parrots and iguanas as pets. Devon earned her BFA in 2000 from the Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on screen printing and painting. Childhood memories and her collection of vintage children's books strongly inspire her work. She currently lives in Aachen, Germany, with her husband, two kids, and beloved old hound dog.

You can follow her at DevonHolzwarth.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9780593525760
ISBN-10: 0593525760
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English
Praise for A Flicker of Hope:

★ "A beautiful story about cycles and traditions that shines a light on migration."—Kirkus, starred review

★ "A Mexican girl waits for the return of her migrant farmworker father, whose departure parallels the migratory pattern of monarch butterflies, in this ecological tale of dual-species movement."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Lyrical text and captivating illustrations create a truly compelling reading experience.... Magnificent and hopeful."—School Library Journal, starred review

"A treasure."—BCCB