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Mama’s Nightingale

Written by Edwidge Danticat & illustrated by Leslie Staub
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A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist

After Saya’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother’s warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she’s in jail, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore on cassette tape. Moved by her mother’s tales and her father’s attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own—one that just might bring her mother home for good.

With stirring illustrations, this tender tale shows the human side of immigration and imprisonment—and shows how every child has the power to make a difference.

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Book Topics › immigration and emigration
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Book Topics › Haitian Americans
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Who Wrote Mama’s Nightingale

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. Her books have been selected for Oprah’s Book Club and have been twice nominated for the National Book Award. In 2009 Edwidge received a MacArthur Genius Grant. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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Who Illustrated Mama’s Nightingale

Leslie Staub

Leslie Staub is a children’s book author and illustrator from New Orleans, LA. She works in her studio in the country north of there with her dog, Rabbit, and all the wild creatures who live in the woods.

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Edwidge Danticat's Book Dedication

For Nara and Liz, with love and gratitude

Leslie Staub's Book Dedication

To Renee and Kris with big, big love

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September 1, 2015
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Text set in Cooper Oldstyle
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This art was created using oil paint.
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