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Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by [Winter, Jeanette]
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—One person can make a difference, and in this book Luis Soriano makes all the difference in the world. A Colombian schoolteacher with a passion for reading, he had so many books in his house that he decided to take them to children high up in the mountains where no libraries existed. With the help of two burros, Soriano made the mountainous trek each weekend to spread literacy where it was desperately needed. Winter has a gift for creating nonfiction that is accessible to and appeals to very young readers. The story is well told, and the colorful illustrations reflect the flora and fauna of Colombia. Back matter offers a bit more information about this generous and dedicated teacher who got books into the hands of so many people. Pair this title with Margaret Ruurs's My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World (Boyds Mills, 2005) for some great conversations. Winter ends the book by saying, "A small corner of the world is enriched." What a terrific way to help children think about their role in doing the same.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* As in The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq (2005), Winter once again tells an inspiring story about an untraditional library, but here her setting—the lush jungles of Colombia rather than Basra’s war-torn Iraq—makes for a much lighter tale. After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with “faraway villages.” He starts with two burros—one for himself, one for books—and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night. Winter’s captivating paintings evoke a South American feel in their brilliant palette and dense, green tropical scenes teeming with creatures, including large, orange-winged butterflies on every page. And Winter offers fresh, visual surprises. In a particularly imaginative scene, cartoon bubbles float over the children’s heads, carrying scenes from the story Luis reads aloud. Winter’s text is spare and streamlined, as usual, and here it has a particularly engaging, repetitive rhythm that builds into a lulling bedtime beat, as day turns into night. Both understated and full of life, this satisfying story is a vibrant reminder of the pleasures of books and the difference one individual can make. An author’s note fills in more about the real-life Luis and his biblioburros. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg

Product Details

  • File Size: 6199 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EKOK1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I always love to read stories that describe alternative libraries. They serve a great purpose in reminding kids that not all children have the same access to books that they do. I think this book does a fabulous job of getting youngsters to think of what it might be like if they didn't have a great big library to come to anytime they wanted. The story is simple, and accessible to very young children. The illustrations are bright, colorful and perfectly complement the spare text. Children will be fascinated by the scene of Luis getting stopped by a bandit, and then proceeding on to do a storytime - complete with masks! His refrain "the children are waiting" goes far in letting kids know the importance of his errands. The book has a great rhythm and works well as a read aloud to small groups or a one on one read. This will probably generate lots of questions, which is a great thing. A solid recommend for any preschooler.
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I live in L.A. and a lot of my students are Latino, so I'm always on the lookout for books that will show them the publishing world knows they're alive. I was pleased to come across this "true story from Colombia," as the subtitle puts it, about a man who rides a burro through the hills to the remote rural villages of his homeland, leading a second burro laden with books. Of course, children from any culture will get a kick out of the idea of a hay-eating bookmobile!

Winter explains in her endnote that Luis Soriano "started with a collection of 70 books that has grown to over 4,800, mostly from donations. Now the Biblioburro travels to the hills every weekend. Three hundred people, more or less, look forward to borrowing the books Luis brings."

Young readers will be drawn to the main text and Winter's illustrations, whose straightforward, folk art style are particularly well suited to telling about Luis and how he shares his passion for reading. The words of the story are also clean and simple: "Deep in the jungles of Colombia, there lives a man who loves books. His name is Luis. As soon as he reads one book, he brings home another. Soon the house is filled with books. His wife, Diana, grumbles."

But Luis eventually dreams up an idea for sharing his many books, and the burro-back library begins. The two burros are named Alfa and Beto, just in case you were wondering. The author manages to work in the burros' occasional stubbornness and an adventure with a bandit to show us what Luis's journeys are like. We also see him passing out pig masks, then sharing a familiar story about little pigs with some village children.
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I used this book to do a guidance lesson with my students for National Hispanic Month and teach them about the importance of making a difference for others. They were surprised to learn that not all schools are inside buildings, have books, etc. This was a great educational tool! Thanks!
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My only negative comment about this book is that it isn't bilingual. The true story would be an excellent vehicle to help native speakers of either Spanish or English learn a new language. The illustrations are fetching, who wouldn't love burro bookmobiles?
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By Gina on August 8, 2010
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Loved this book! It is great for kids to learn about how some people are willing to help others!
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This is an adorable story about a man in Colombia who decided to bring books to rural children, who otherwise wouldn't have access to them. We purchased this on a whim - we have a Colombian nanny and this book was highlighted on an informational sheet that came home from my daughter's elementary school. We love it so much, we plan to buy it in Spanish, as well, so that we can work on the vocabulary words with our children.

My children love it because they can relate to other kids wanting to read "all the books". The illustrations are wonderful, and extremely kid friendly. Even my 1 year old is drawn to the bright and colorful pages. I like that I can teach my children some good life lessons from this book. Not everyone has as much as we do; not everyone has ACCESS to all the things we take for granted (like libraries); and anyone can make a difference and be a big helper if they put their mind to it.
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Have you seen this adorable new book (Simon and Schuster)?

Luis is a man who lives in the jungles of Columbia. He is a man who LOVES books, and his home is filled with them. When his wife gets upset about all the books, Luis gets an idea.

Along with the help of his two sturdy burros: Alfa and Beto, they start a 'blibloburro bookmobile' of sorts,. Together Luis and his two burros transport the books to people in the the hills of Columbia who have none. Each weekend when they make the trip, Luis reads the children a story and then the children get to select a book.

Biblioburro, is a delight for children and adults, and of course book lovers. It is based on a true story. The burro bookmobile began in 2000 with about 70 books and has grown to almost 4,800, mostly due to donations.

The book is complete with vivid, colorful illustrations in folk art style that are sure to please.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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