Title: Waiting for the Biblioburro
Author: Monica Brown (Writer) & John Parra (Illustrator)
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, Trycycle Press
Publication year: 2011
Category: Picture Book (Fiction)
Source: Monroe 1 BOCES Overdrive E-Book Collection
Summary: Ana re-reads the one book she owns till the unexpected arrival of moving library. A librarian and two burros bring books into her village. While she impatiently waits for their return, she writes her own book about then Biblioburros.
Review: This story was inspired by the real life story of Luis Soriano Borhórquez ‘s Biblioburro Foundation and its work promoting literacy by brining books to remote and isolate villages in Columbia.
I really loved the classic story conventions Brown uses through out the book to establish this story as “cuento”, a fiction. While we read Ana’s story these conventions reminds us that this story could be told of hundreds of other children who wait for the Biblioburro. I also enjoyed spotting references to traditional Spanish teaching songs, such as “Un Elefante se Balanceaba” . Parra’s art was rich and whimsical. I enjoyed particularly that the contrasts between Ana’s story-world and her home village was clear without removing its color and lushness.
I plan to use this book in a couple of different ways. I will use is it with my Lower-Elementary students, as part of our introduction to the library unit. I will also add it to my writing picture books unit, to highlight the value of research in both fiction and non-fiction picture books.