Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

  • Title: Evelyn Del Ray Is Moving Away
  • Author: Meg Medina
  • Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication year: 2020
  • Brief Summary: From Candlewick Press-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –Much like I discussed in my last post on What There Is Before There Is Anything There, children being able to see their familiar feelings expressed in their books is important. Which is why I think this book would also be important as many children experience their best friends moving away. I found this lesson plan on the blog Growing Book by Book that explains how to use this book to develop vocabulary, phonological awareness, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I loved Sanchez’s colorful illustrations. My favorite illustration is the one of Evelyn and Daniela exchanging toys with each other through their open windows.

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