Day 29 Picture Book Frenzy: The Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings and Raúl Colón 

Day 29 Picture Book Frenzy: The Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings and Raúl Colón 

When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they rent a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there’s room enough to share with a whole community.

“It was a little house. Una casita . . .
It was small.
It smelled like old wet socks. . .
But even though they were far from home,
The family was together.”


As Esperanza and her family settle into their new house, they all do their part to make it a home. When other immigrant families need a place to stay, it seems only natural for the family in la casita to help. Together they turn the house into a place where other new immigrants can help one another. Esperanza is always the first to welcome them to la casita. It’s a safe place in a new land.

Terry Catasus Jennings first came from Cuba to the U.S. in 1961, when she was twelve years old. With The Little House of Hope, she tells an inspiring, semi-autobiographical story of how immigrants can help each other find their footing in a new country.

A Spanish edition, La Casita de Esperanza, will be released simultaneously. –Goodreads
The Little House of HopeThe Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this house and all the safety and love that flows through it! A beautiful story of immigrants helping each other and finding a way to make it work in a new world. Thank you Holiday House for this semi-autobiographical book.

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I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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