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
"Bunting perfectly captures the intergenerational love and respect shared by these two characters and the man's strong sense of honesty and integrity. Himler's softly colored illustrations reflect the feelings of the characters and setting." School Library Journal
"Bunting perfectly captures the intergenerational love and respect shared by these two characters and the man's strong sense of honesty and integrity. Himler's softly colored illustrations reflect the feelings of the characters and setting." SLJ Best Books of the Year
"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."
In this heartwarming story about family and multigenerational relationships, a Mexican-American boy and his grandfather, who struggles to speak English and find work, reconnect through gardening.
Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, doesn't know how to connect with his grandfather who doesn't doesn't speak English. But when the opportunity to help his grandfather find a job comes along, Francisco helps his grandfather learn about gardening. They get to learn about gardening, and each other, along the way.
Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, helps his grandfather find work as a gardener, even though the old man cannot speak English and knows nothing about gardening.
About the Author
Ronald Himler is the illustrator of several successful picure books for Clarion, including TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE, FLY AWAY HOME, and THE WALL. Mr. Himler studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and New York University. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.Storytelling and the magic of words have always been important to Eve Bunting. She grew up in Northern Ireland, where storytelling is a tradition, and came to America as a young mother. Eve writes every day and her ideas come from what excites and interests her. She has the unique ability to address contemporary social issues, from homelessness to illiteracy, in a sensitive manner, and at the same time to explore the dynamics of family relationships. Eve Bunting is the author of more than 200 beloved books for young people, from preschoolers to teenagers. Among her many popular picture books for Clarion are THE WALL, FLY AWAY HOME, and TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.