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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

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Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today--not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. The tenderness of Meg Medina's beautifully written story about friendship and change is balanced by Sonia Sánchez's colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls' urban neighborhood.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781536207040
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Sánchez, Sonia 1983-- Illustrator


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This year’s pick! Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away is the story of the power of friendship, even when you don’t get to see each other in person.

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ArapahoeMelissaZD May 04, 2021

Evelyn and Daniela squeeze in their favorite games and visit familiar spaces during one last day before Evelyn moves out of the neighborhood. Sonia Sanchez’ digital illustrations use brush strokes, stamped patterns, and collage elements to show the rich details of the apartments the girls have spent so much time in together.

Author Meg Medina is a past Newbery Medalist and she deftly describes both small moments and big feelings as the friends say goodbye.

The last page shows the narrator Daniela as a young woman, still in that same apartment she grew up in, looking at a box of mementos, a reassuring suggestion that the two “mejor amigas, número uno best friends” found a way to stay in touch.

IndyPL_ShelbyG Jan 12, 2021

Only a handful of picture books make me cry, and this is one of them. A heartfelt story about "mejor amigas" Daniela and Evelyn Del Rey that live next door to one another and their last afternoon together before they have to say goodbye. This was nostalgia-inducing up to the last page and captured the deep feelings of best friends, or as Meg Medina writes in the last line "the one I will always know by heart". Inclusion of some Spanish language and beautiful illustrations of black and brown characters make this a fantastic, diverse read with a wonderful message. A must read!!!

LPL_MaryW Nov 20, 2020

This is a beautiful and touching picture book about lifelong friends. It follows the girls as they play during their last day together as neighbors. The illustrations are bright and whimsical, and there are even a few words of Spanish throughout. A special multicultural staple for a difficult moment.

Nov 06, 2020

This book is a top choice for 2020 according to Publishers Weekly.


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