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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Portugal's Daughter by Patricia Ferreira Lopez is the story of a father and his little daughter. He needs to find a new place to live. He loves his country, but he loves his daughter more. It is for her sake that they travel to a new land to seek prosperity. There, the little girl begins to doubt her identity, so her father reaffirms that they are from Portugal and that she can express it with pride. In this way, the little girl learns that the important thing is to follow her heart and accept herself as she is. As the daughter grows up, the father explains more about the characteristics of her origins. We follow the daughter engaging in different activities, graduating, and even getting married, with her father supporting her at all times.
Portugal's Daughter is a lovely story because it affirms a father's love for his daughter. I liked the way that it narrates the story of a life in just a few pages. I think that through this tale, children will learn to respect the value of diversity and understand the importance of accepting people from different cultures. The illustrations are fantastic. They show the passing of time with compassion and convey respect and affection throughout. This work is relevant because sometimes immigrant children feel out of place when trying to integrate into a new culture. This story will teach them to be proud of themselves, no matter where they are from. In addition, Patricia Ferreira Lopez develops the subject further with melodious verses. She expresses different social values concisely. Finally, she includes a summary of the text in Portuguese.