"When Lupe is born with spina bifida, her mother makes the dangerous journey across the Mexican desert to California, where better medical care will hopefully help Lupe live an improved life. As Lupe adjusts to her new home and new school, she struggles to fit in with other students. She speaks Spanish and uses a wheelchair. An aide, an understanding teacher, and a friendly student join Lupe’s Mami in sharing faith and confidence that Lupe will do just fine. She’s smart and valuable. Lupe begins to see the truth in these words and to develop her own dreams and goals. This is a simple story, told elegantly and with a strong positive message. The tale both encourages children in wheelchairs to have confidence and be bold and also encourages other children to see beyond physical limitations of their peers and value them for their personhood. A few Spanish words and phrases appear in the text of the story and are defined in a glossary at the back of the book. An author’s note relates that this tale is in fact based on a true story. Because the book relates the social struggles Lupe faces both as a Spanish-speaking student and a wheelchair-bound one, this book may make a worthy companion to a social studies curriculum about community and valuing others who are different than we are."
"This book has the potential of being a great teaching tool for all children as it normalizes the presence of youngsters living with a physical limitation, and inspires those experiencing a handicap."
-CAPHIS Consumer Connections (Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association)