Synopses & Reviews
and#160;In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papaandrsquo;s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papaandrsquo;s favorite mealandmdash;mole, rice and beans, a heap of warm tortillas, and a jug of aguamielandmdash;and heads north. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papaandrsquo;s food. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still hungry . . . for Pancho!
Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families who seek to make better lives for themselves and their children by illegally crossing the border.
Praise for Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote
andquot;Tonatiuhandrsquo;s great strength is in the text. No word is wasted, as each emotion is clearly and poignantly expressed. The rabbitsandrsquo; future is unknown, but their love and faith in each other sustains them through it all. Accessible for young readers, who may be drawn to it as they would a classic fable; perfect for mature readers and the classroom, where its layers of truth and meaning can be peeled back to be examined and discussed. An incandescent, humane and terribly necessary addition to the immigrant-story shelf.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;In both prose and art, Tonatiuh expertly balances folkloric elements with stark, modern realities; Pancho Rabbitandrsquo;s trip has the feel of a classic fable or fairy tale, with the untrustworthy coyote demanding more and more of him.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;The book shows the fragility of making a living, the desperation that many migrants experience, and the deep family ties that bind the characters. Classrooms studying the migrant experience will find plenty to discuss here.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andldquo;This will spark strong responses and needed discussion.andrdquo;
andquot;Tonatiuh is so careful in weaving his allegory that his empathetic contemporary tale feels like age-old folklore, with simple but compelling text and a step-by-step escalation of the story through gripping, kid-understandable challenges.andquot;
andmdash;The Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#39;s Books
Pura Belprandeacute; Author and Illustrator Honor book 2014
New York Public Libraryandrsquo;s annual Childrenandrsquo;s Books list: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
Kirkus Best Books of 2013
Best Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Books 2013 (Center for the Study of Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Literature)
Notable Childrenand#39;s Books from ALSC 2014
Notable Books for a Global Society Book Award 2014
"In both prose and art, Tonatiuh expertly balances folkloric elements with stark, modern realities; Pancho Rabbitand#8217;s trip has the feel of a classic fable or fairy tale, with the untrustworthy coyote demanding more and more of him."
Christmas is coming and Carlos and his family are going home-driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember?
At first, La Perla doesn't seem very different from the other villages they pass through. But then Carlos is swept into the festivities by Grandfather, Aunt Ana, and the whole village. Finally, Carlos begins to understand Mama and Papa's love for the place they left behind, and realizes that home can be anywhere, because it stays in the hearts of the people who love you.
Eve Bunting and David Diaz-the Caldecott Medal-winning team behind Smoky Night- collaborated once again to create a dazzling picture book that glows with holiday joy and the spirit of Mexico.
-A joyous tale of a Mexican American family's Christmastime trip to the parents' home in Mexico.- --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Christmas is coming, and Carlos and his family are going home--driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember?
This dazzling picture book was written and illustrated by Eve Bunting and David Diaz, the Caldecott Medal-winning team behind Smoky Night.
At first, La Perla doesn't seem very different from the other villages they pass through. But then Carlos is swept into the festivities by Grandfather, Aunt Ana, and the whole village. Finally, Carlos begins to understand Mama and Papa's love for the place they left behind and realizes that home can be anywhere, because it stays in the hearts of the people who love you.
Glowing with holiday joy and the spirit of Mexico, this is a must-have for any home or library collection.
From a Caldecott Medal-winning team comes the heartwarming story of one family's special Christmas homecoming. On his trip to Mexico for the holidays, Carlos comes to realize that home can be anywhere, because it stays in the hearts of the people who love you. Full color.
Although a Mexican family comes to the USA to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.
About the Author
Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.