Julia Alvarez worked with real life migrant workers and dairy farmers, which is where she got the idea for this book in the first place. There’s a great exhibit up at the Vermont Folklife Center website that has photographs and interviews of the people that Julia Alvarez worked with. It is really interesting! You can check out the exhibit here!
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Check it out! Julia Alvarez reads from the book. Do you like hearing the words in her voice? Or did you already have a voice in your head that was different?
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On her website, Julia Alvarez talks about a soundtrack for Return to Sender. She lists special songs that meant a lot to her while she was writing the book. One of them, that Mari mentions frequently, is “La Golondrina” which means swallow in English. Check out this video of Placido Domingo singing the song. You can even listen while you read to create atmosphere!
What do you think? How did the song make you feel? What images did it bring to mind?