This book tells the story of an actual “biblioburro” in Colombia. Like a bookmobile – only powered by two donkeys – the biblioburro was the inspiration of Colombian teacher Luis Soriano. Some ten years ago, he started spending his weekends bringing his own book collection by donkey to the poor children in the remote villages of Magdalena Province. With detailed, colorful pictures, this book tells the story of Ana, a little girl who loves books, and can’t wait for the biblioburro to come. In between, she makes up her own stories. (In real life, Soriano encourages the children who gather at his stopovers to tell stories and draw pictures describing their lives.) Lovely and appropriately folk-style illustrations in acrylics by John Parra accompany the text. A glossary of Spanish terms is included.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book support Luis Soriano’s Biblioburro program.
Published by Tricycle Press, 2011
Note: There is more information about Soriano and his amazing program here.
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
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