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Let's Go See Papá! Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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"The feelings of missing a loved one are realistically conveyed and will resonate with children." School Library Journal
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About the Author
Alba Marina Rivera was born in Russia in 1974, and she grew up in Cuba. When she moved to Barcelona she discovered her love for illustration, which she studied at the Escola Massana. She received the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award in the New Horizons category for her book El contador de cuentos. It was also recognized as "Los mejores libros para ninos y jovenes" (the best books for children and youth) by Venezuela’s Banco del Libro and was a finalist at the Picture Book Festival in Korea.
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After more than a year, the little girl's papa has made plans for the little girl and her mother to join him in the US. As much as she yearns to be with her father, the little girl realizes that she must make sacrifices and leave behind people and things dear and familiar to her - her abuela, her best friend Rocio, and her dog Kika. Can the little girl come to terms with the sacrifices that must be made, and how will she cope? The story does not focus on the little girl's life after the move, but more on the process of getting there, and how she says her good-byes, in her own special way. This is a poignant tale, and can be used to discuss children's feelings when dealing with big changes.
One particular Sunday phone call brings surprising news. Papá asked if his wife and daughter would join him in the United States. Although the child is delighted that she will see him again, she despairs at the thought of leaving her abuela and her pet dog Kika after all those precious days spent together.
This picture book conveys to young readers the many tradeoffs that come when parents try to balance the need to support their families financially with the desire to spend nurturing time together. The story provides parents and teachers a different context for talking with young learners about paid jobs, the labor that goes into caring for family members, and the costs of giving up time with family in order to spend time working away from home.