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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—A boy tells about a special day with his father, recounting their adventures from waking up in the morning until they arrive at Abuela and Abuelo's house in the evening. Most of the text is in English, with Papá speaking Spanish and the child restating his words in English or using his actions to convey his father's meaning. In addition, the endpapers have the Spanish words and their English translations arranged like graffiti on a blue background. The emotional heart of the story is brought to life in Gutierrez's luminous illustrations. Making pancakes, walking down a city street together, or splashing through puddles at the park may seem simple, but they are choreographed like a dance. Climbing a tree, looking at the sky, and drawing faces in the sand all take on mythic qualities. The playful surrealism of the artwork makes an ordinary day seem extraordinary. As the boy and his papá embrace, they are outlined with glowing colors, and their smiling faces mirror their love for one another. Their special bond will resonate with children and parents, wherever they live and whatever their language.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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From the time they wake up in the morning, a Latino boy and his father have fun. They cook breakfast, walk out to the park, and then take the bus to visit Abuelo and Abuela. The simple words, in both Spanish and English, and the bright, exuberant unframed double-page pictures celebrate the loving connection between parent and child—whether they are standing close together sharing stories on the crowded bus or the boy tells his father, “I am flying, flying” as he climbs a tree. The big, swirling circles in the artwork embrace the characters within the widening arcs of sky and waves, as when the boy, his father, and the grandparents meet in one tight hug while the sun sets. Their curving bodies, set against the geometric shapes of the turning globe, evoke the magical realism of traditional Latino art. The father speaks Spanish, the boy is bilingual, and both English- and Spanish-speaking children will recognize the family connections. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD250L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060581565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060581565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Arthur Dorros is the writer of many popular books, a number of which he also illustrated. His best-selling stories include Abuela, which was called "a book to set any child dreaming" and one of the "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know." Along with awards including ALA Notable Book and Best of the Year for his fiction, his nonfiction books such as Ant Cities are widely recognized, with an Orbis Pictus and numerous Outstanding Science Book awards. He enjoys visiting schools internationally to work with young writers and illustrators.

More information can be found at www.arthurdorros.com

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A young boy calls out to his Papá, goes into his room and shakes him awake because it's time to get up and prepare for their day together. Papá leans over, hugs his son and they begin to sing to each other, "Cantemos, cantemos." They smile and laugh while pancakes and eggs are being cooked up in the fry pan. Flip, flip! After breakfast they tightly hold hands and are off for the day's adventure at the park. There are so many things to do in a park, but the first thing he has to do is imagine the whale and jump in a puddle. Of course Papá is more sensible and "steps around them."

Papá calls him "Agua Man" (water man) as he lifts him over another puddle. In his mind he is a flying agua man with a cape. They laugh and smile as they play. The little boy gets a boost up into a tree and imagines that he is flying. He spreads his arms out, but his Papá insists that he be careful. "Cuidado." He sees an imaginary bird in the clouds, but his Papá cannot see it. Very soon it is time to go home. There will be some other very special people waiting for them. Can you guess who it could be?

This is a beautiful story about the love between a father and son. Love, as we see it in this book, doesn't have to be spoken, but is rather felt while parents and children spend time together. The father in this book only speaks Spanish, but his young son is bilingual. The vibrant, colorful, swirling artwork is gorgeous and very appealing. There are no translations for the Spanish words, but they are easy to deduce from the text. This is a Pura Belpré Honor Book that any father and son would be proud to add to their shelves!
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Dorros, Arthur. Papa and Me. Pictures by Rudy Gutierrez. HarperCollinsPublishers. 2008.

A father and his son spend time together, preparing breakfast, riding a bus, visiting a park, and then going to visit his grandparents. A few Spanish words are included and explained within the text, "Good morning! I call to Papa. Buenos dias, Papa says back to me". The lovely illustrations glow with warmth and brilliant color. The artist plays with perspective, adding palpable movement, and the stylized and elongated shapes and figures lend depth of feeling to an otherwise very simple and brief text: the father bends over his son, one arm clasped around him as they sing together; the son rests one hand on his father's neck. Another illustration shows the father looking both loving and concerned as his son sits on a tree branch, his arms outstretched like he was flying. This is a wonderful tribute to a loving relationship between a father and son. The end papers are sky blue and highlight the bilingual words used in the story. A pronunciation guide would have been a helpful addition.
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Papa and Me is a wonderful story about a young boy and his father spending the day together. It shows them going all over town and showing the great bond between a son and his father. One of the things I really enjoyed about this story was that it was in English and Spanish. The author did a great job because he put the Spanish word, and then would repeat the word in English. Reading this to young children would help them learn both languages.
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By rconn on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Papa and Me introduces children to Spanish and English writing together. The book repeats phrases said in English with coinciding phrases in Spanish. This is a great way to bring these two languages together in a non-intrusive way and teach the opposite language phrases of the other.
The pictures in Papa and Me are vibrant and engulf the whole page with many colors and patterns.
This is a good book that will introduce children into the Spanish art, language and culture by reading it.
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What does a boy desire? The love and attention of his father. This is a simple book about a day in the life of a boy and his father. It highlights how important the role of the father is in molding and shaping young children. This book is sure to touch the lives of parents reading it and children hearing the story. The artwork is vibrant and grabs the attention of the children. Jack was so thrilled he tried to eat the book.
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