Alejandro moved from Guatemala to Philadelphia. He missed his friends from home!
His mother, Lilian, took him to the park to play.
(picture of park shown)
What do YOU see in the park with Alejandro?
Can you find these?
Alejandro was nervous because he did not know English.
His mother gently took his hand and led him to a group of kids.
Does anyone speak Spanish? asked Lilian.
A girl in the group smiled.
I am Valentina, I come from Puerto Rico. I love to play in the park.
This is Doyun. He was born in Korea.
Here is my friend Ifede. She is from Nigeria.
I’m Mason, visiting from Chicago. I used to live here.
(map of world shown with places kids are from highlighted)
Let's see where they're from!
Do you want to be our friend? Valentina asked.
We enjoy the swings, the slides, the seesaw.
Mason had an idea. Let's all say “hi” in our language? I’ll start. Hi!
Ann-ye-ong-ha-say-o! said Doyun.
Enle’, said Ifede.
Hola! said Valentina and Alejandro.
Now you try saying Hello!
As Alejandro walked home, he told his mom he had fun with his friends.
See! You can make friends anywhere! said his mother.
The next day, Alejandro went back to the park to play with his new friends.
He noticed a girl sitting on the bench who looked sad. He went up to her and waved hello.
Then, all of his new friends came up to introduce themselves. And the girl smiled and said: Thank you.