"A serious yet hopeful story...readers similarly separated from a loved one may well find solace in Danticat’s honest storytelling."
-Publishers Weekly (Mama's Nightingale)
"A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don't."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Mama's Nightingale)
"[Danticat] beautifully conveys a story about loss and grief and hope and joy."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Mama's Nightingale)
PRAISE FOR SHINE, BABY, SHINE
2016 Jane Addams Peace Prize Honor Book in the Books for Younger Readers category (Mama's Nightingale)
Kirkus Best Books of 2015 (Mama's Nightingale)
"Skillfully written with Creole words sprinkled into the English, Mama’s Nightingale is richly illuminated by Leslie Staub’s oil paintings evoking Haitian folk art."
-The New York Times (Mama's Nightingale)
"Children of parents who are being detained will be comforted by knowing they are not the only ones facing this challenge and might even be inspired to take action the way Saya does."
-The Horn Book (Mama's Nightingale)
"Danticat’s immigration story is compelling.... The inclusion of Haitian phrases adds to the personal nature of the story, whose happy ending is deserved by all."
-Booklist (Mama's Nightingale)
"A powerful message about the support of friends and defusing a bully wrapped in a sweet Valentine tale."
-Kirkus Reviews (How Do You Say I Love You, Dewey Dew?)
"Warm and bright."