Why We Love This Book
My dad's earliest memory is going to the rice can and tapping it to find out whether there would be food to eat that day. I don't know what my children's earliest memories are going to be, but nothing like that. Nevertheless, I think it's important that they understand that not everyone has the bountiful access to resources that they do.
As I've been curating children's picture books, I've been surprised, saddened and yet pleased at the number of books that address the less shiny sides of life and do it in a way that is still full of hope, fun, and even wonder.
Fantastical and Grounded
Waiting for the Biblioburro is one of those books. The illustrations are brightly painted in a folk stlye that is at once fantastical and grounded. This matches the earthy reality of poverty and little girl Ana who dreams and waits for the Biblioburro to come again with new books and the stories they contain.
The first time we checked this book out, we enjoyed diving into the colorful pictures to find the little details on each page. More recently, we checked it out again and it was an easy springboard for talking about our building-at-the-end-of-the-street library experience and compare it to Ana's four-legged, through-the-winding-roads library. This is a book that can be enjoyed on many levels across a number of developmental milestones, a great addition to any home. (by Andrea M., Zoobean Curator)