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Armando and the Blue Tarp School Paperback – Picture Book, March 1, 2014
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"This poignant picture book narrated by a young boy is based on a true story of a New York City teacher who set up a school on a blue tarp spread on the ground near a garbage dump in Tijuana, Mexico.... Without melodrama, Armando's story shows what poverty means and the hope that things can change." -- Booklist
"The well-written text will be an eye-opener for children who take school for granted." -- School Library Journal
"This affecting tale-of a plein-air schoolroom in a deeply impoverished neighborhood populated by pepenadores (trash pickers)-springs from the real deal.... The simplicity of the story is what lets it run deep, its bite of realism; no sermons are being delivered here, just a door thrown open to life under reduced circumstances (though Sosa's artwork, with its look of leaded glass, conveys a benevolent quality to the proceedings). Without patronizing, Señor David defines the essence of humanitarianism, while the pepenadores, ever searching for beauty in the beast, find gold-and prize it." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Editor's Favorites, The Bloomsbury Review
Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
Nominee, Picture Book for Older Readers, California Young Readers Medal
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
San Diego Book Awards - Picture Book, San Diego Book Awards Association
About the Author
Edith Hope Fine is a full-time writer of children's books and stories. Fine's Under the Lemon Moon, published by Lee & Low Books, was a Parents' Choice Award Honor book. Fine lives in Encinitas, California. To find out more, visit Edith Hope Fine's Web site at edithfine.com. Edith, along with co-author Judith Pinkerton Josephson, have created a special site for the Lee & Low Books title Armando and the Blue Tarp School at bluetarpschool.com.
Judith Pinkerton Josephson is a full-time writer of children's books and stories. Josephson's Growing Up in World War II won first place in the San Diego Book Awards. She lives in Encinitas, California. To find out more, visit Judith Pinkerton Josephson's Web site at judithjosephson.com. Judith, along with co-author Edith Hope Fine, have set up a special site for the Lee & Low Books title Armando and the Blue Tarp School at bluetarpschool.com.
Hernán Sosa was born in Argentina and raised in Paraguay. He received a degree in visual communications from the Colorado Institute of Art. He currently works as an illustrator of children's books and as a graphic designer focusing mostly on magazines. Sosa and his wife live in Denver, Colorado. His website is coroflot.com/hernansosaillustration.
- Publisher : Lee & Low Books Inc (March 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1620141655
- ISBN-13 : 978-1620141656
- Reading age : 6 - 9 years
- Lexile measure : AD560L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.25 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #419,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Armando, the main character is this book, is one of these children. Yet hope for a different kind of future marches into his life when his parents give him permission to attend a school at the dump that was recently started by Señor David. Armando understands that the decision is not an easy one for his parents, who depend on his income from picking trash. The school consists of little more than a blue tarp spread on the ground and a chalkboard, but it has a teacher and a group of students eager to learn how to read, write, draw, and do math. Armando's talents with drawing later help to turn new adversity into good fortune for his school.
This book makes a tremendous addition to any collection of children's literature that focuses on high quality content. With its developing country setting and the story of the real Señor David Lynch at the back, the book is as realistic as it is inspiring.
Armando longs to go to the school Senor David has set up on the blue tarp, but is required to help his family survive by picking through trash in the dump for discarded items the family can use, sell, or recycle. When Armando's desire is at last realized, and eventually a real school built, his life is changed.
Perhaps it's not only Armando's life that will be changed. This book will give young readers a new appreciation for the opportunity they have to attend a school with books and teachers and modern equipment. It will provide them with the realization that education is truly the key to their future. They will also come to understand the power of one--one person with determination plus one dream equals a dream come true for all those lives that dream touches.