Written By: Diana Cohn
Illustrated By: Francisco Delgado
Published By: Cinco Puntos Press, September 2002
Suggested Readers: Ages 7-12
Diana Cohn’s charming Si, Se Puede! tells the story in Spanish and English of the Justice for Janitors Campaign that brought together 8,000 workers in April 2000. The story unfolds in an opening color-pencil sketch as Mama tucks Carlito in bed before leaving for work. She explains the need for the strike and her need to stand up for what she believes in. The pictures follow the progress of the strikers and profile Dolores Sanchez, the union organizer. Carlito shows his support for his Mama by creating a poster for her strike with his classmates. The dust jacket becomes a poster that explains labor unions and strikes and includes an inspirational poem by Luis J. Rodriguez. Young readers will enjoy Francisco Delgado’s bold, colorful illustrations and the unique layout of this bilingual book.