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Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

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Publisher Comments:

Luis loves to read, but soon his house in Colombia is so full of books there's barely room for the family. What to do? Then he comes up with the perfect solution--a traveling library! He buys two donkeys--Alfa and Beto--and travels with them throughout the land, bringing books and reading to the children in faraway villages. Beautiful! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Complete with an author's note about the real man on whom this story is based.

Review:

"Winter (Nasreen's Secret School) again roots a heartening and informative story in real life. Festive acrylic paintings transport readers to the lush Colombian jungle, where the wife of an avid reader grumbles that his extensive book collection is cluttering their house ('What are we going to do, eat books with our rice?'). To solve the problem, Luis builds crates and packs them with books that he delivers--via burro--to adults and children in remote parts of the country. During a trip to El Tormento, one of the burros refuses to leave a stream where they've paused ('The children are waiting for us!' Luis coaxes), and a bandit who leaps out from the shadows grudgingly accepts a book instead of silver. Upon his arrival, Luis distributes piglet masks for children to wear as he reads them a tale about three renowned little pigs. Tropical colors ignite Winter's art, which has a pleasant folk art feel and an almost feltlike texture (the pages are rich with songbirds and smiley-faced butterflies). Winter concludes with a brief profile of the actual Luis. Ages 6 — 9. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A man, his burros, and his books bring joy to children in remote Colombian villages in this inspiring book based on a true story.

About the Author

Jeanette Winter is the acclaimed author/illustrator of many highly-regarded picture books, including Bibloburro, Nasreen's Secret School, The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq; Mama: A True Story in which a Baby Hippo Loses his Mama During a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mama; and Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa. She lives with her husband, artist Roger Winter, in New York. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416997788
Author:
Winter, Jeanette
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Subject:
Soriano, Luis
Subject:
Librarians - Columbia
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Books & Libraries
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c reflective
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in 10.71 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 32 pages Beach Lane Books - English 9781416997788 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Winter (Nasreen's Secret School) again roots a heartening and informative story in real life. Festive acrylic paintings transport readers to the lush Colombian jungle, where the wife of an avid reader grumbles that his extensive book collection is cluttering their house ('What are we going to do, eat books with our rice?'). To solve the problem, Luis builds crates and packs them with books that he delivers--via burro--to adults and children in remote parts of the country. During a trip to El Tormento, one of the burros refuses to leave a stream where they've paused ('The children are waiting for us!' Luis coaxes), and a bandit who leaps out from the shadows grudgingly accepts a book instead of silver. Upon his arrival, Luis distributes piglet masks for children to wear as he reads them a tale about three renowned little pigs. Tropical colors ignite Winter's art, which has a pleasant folk art feel and an almost feltlike texture (the pages are rich with songbirds and smiley-faced butterflies). Winter concludes with a brief profile of the actual Luis. Ages 6 — 9. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A man, his burros, and his books bring joy to children in remote Colombian villages in this inspiring book based on a true story.
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