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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

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In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa’s favorite meal—mole, rice and beans, a heap of warm tortillas, and a jug of aguamiel— ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Harry N. Abrams (first published May 1st 2013)
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This is an allegory, and not a subtle one. It is about why undocumented aliens come to the United States (el Norte) to work: if they don't, their families will starve. A bunch of animals decide they need to go work in el Norte to support their families. On the day Papa Rabbit is due back the animals at home have a party to welcome him back. But no one shows up! Pancho decides he simply can't sit around and packs up some of the food and drink and goes to look for him. Not long after leaving he me ...more
Text to text:

This book reminds me of the Skippy John Jones Series. They both have a bilingual theme. They also both have Hispanic themes. I will say though that this book is way more culturally relevant. I find the Skippy John Jones books almost bordering racist stereotypes.


1. Who helped Pancho get to his dad? What did he have to give him?
2. Describe what happened before Pancho found his father?
3. What questions would you ask the coyote if you meet him? How did this coyote remind yo
What an addition to the Latino community!

This book starts off with Papa Rabbit heading north to work in the carrot and lettuce fields following a drought in their homeland. After a while, the Rabbit family prepares a great feast and music to welcome the father and comrades back home. After much waiting, Papa Rabbit does not show up. Pancho Rabbit, son of Papa Rabbit, takes matters into his own hands and journeys to find his father along with a book bag full of his father's favorite foods: mole,
Papa Rabbit had traveled north to find work when the rains didn’t come one year. Finally, after two years, he was returning home to his family. A party was planned with food and music, but Papa Rabbit didn’t come back. When the other rabbits went to sleep, Pancho Rabbit set out to find his father. He took with him his father’s favorite meal of mole, rice and beans, tortillas, and a jug of aguamiel. As he traveled, Pancho met a coyote, who offered to help him reach his father. The coyote demanded ...more
Feb 26, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hispanic and migrant requests
Recommended to June by: Joan
Shelves: award, hispanic, fear, fathers
A story about migrant workers and the dangers they face. A father does not come home from working in El Norte and his son sets of to find him, dealing with all the dangers of the trip to the fields in El Norte. He is rescued by his father and his friends, but the fathers have had their own problems and if the drought doesn't end, the fathers will have to go back.

A desperately needed book.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is one of my intermediate multicultural books.

This book is about a rabbit named Pancho. Panchos family and friends are preparing to have a fiesta to welcome back Panchos dad and other men who travel north to make more money to bring back to their families. As the party starts Pancho waits for his father to arrive but, he never does. That night after his family is asleep Pancho sneaks out of the house to find his father. After walking awhile Pancho runs into a coyote.
Text to World Connection
Initially, the pages of Pancho Rabbit and Coyote remind me very much of my time spent immersed in Mexican culture. The family, food, music, clothing, and importance of celebration connect with what I regularly see in South Omaha. The most significant connection I made was in the story’s illustrations. In high school, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Mexico City where I became very intrigued by Aztec art. In college, I thrived in an ancient Latin American art history
Jill Stark
Text to World: Picture

Pancho Rabbit’s father and others leaves their Rancho in order to find work in the carrot and lettuce fields up north. The fathers will earn money for their families and bring it home. On the day that the fathers are supposed to be home, they do not make it. Pancho gets worried and sets out on the long journey north, with food, to find his father. On the way, Pancho encounters Coyote who offers to show him the way to the carrot and lettuce fields. They travel on top of tr
1. Text-to-Self: It is easy to be judgmental about all illegal immigrants, thinking that they are part of the drug trafficking rings or that they are simply "too lazy" to come to America through the legal process. I had my views challenged on this subject when I went down to the Honduras after my senior year of high school for a church mission trip. I met many families who had someone working illegally in the United States in order to send money home for their survival, much like the Rabbit fami ...more
Allison Kasik
Text-to-text: This book reminds me of the book, Esperanza Renace. Esperanza Renace is about how a girl's dreams are crushed when her and her mother must move to California from Mexico. Esperanza goes through the struggles of being a new immigrant of America such as hard labor work, acceptance in a new country and economic struggles.

Text-to-self: This book is very relatable to me. My hometown has a high population of Hispanics. I am friends with many Hispanics. In fact, my boyfriend is Hispanic.
This is one of my multi-cultural picture books. This book had beautiful pictures and explains the story of a young boy from Mexico whose father goes to "The North" to work in the fields in order to provide for his family. The father does not return home when he is supposed to so his son, Pancho, ventures out to go look for him. The book explains that many illegal immigrants do not wish to leave home and face many dangers along their path for work. Their families back home miss them tremendously ...more
Cayla Caudillo
Kirkus Review
A brilliant modern fable—eloquent, hopeful and heart-rending—about a rabbit family whose members cross the border in search of a better life, and each other.

Drought forces Papá Rabbit to leave for the great carrot and lettuce fields of the north, hoping to make money for his family. Years pass, but when he doesn’t arrive home on the appointed day, his eldest son, Pancho Rabbit, sets out to find him. Heading north, he meets a coyote who promises a shortcut in return for food. At eac
Alexandra Escamilla

In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa’s favorite meal—mole, rice and beans, a heap of warm tortillas, and a jug of aguamiel—and heads north. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for

some of Papa’s food. They travel together until
Sarah Wilbern
Tonatium, Duncan. (2013).Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Pura Belpre Award. Williamsburg Library.

Choice Book.

This book would be a good book to show children of another culture. It is set in a Latin American setting, using animals from that setting, and using a few spanish words. There is a glossary in the back of the book, that gives the meaning of the spanish words. The pictuers went along with what was being written in the book. But there seemed to be a
Gema Ramirez
Text-to-Self: After reading “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” I found myself very emotional. This is why I think this book was the best example for a text-to-self. As a Mexican-American I relate Pancho Rabbit’s life with my own. The book begins when droughts force Papa Rabbit to find work in the North so that he can provide for his family. After some years pass, his family prepares a big fiesta with his favorite meal and it’s all with the thought that he will arrive that day. Ever ...more
Elizabeth Keisling

Pancho reminds me of the story of the Gingerbread Man. While I was never really a fan of the character the Gingerbread Man, I can understand why he escaped. He was looking for a better because he did not want to get eaten. Pancho and his family were similar. The father left to help provide money and support a better and easier life. Pancho left to find his father. All three characters left to better lives.
Pancho also reminds me of the Gingerbread Man because the gingerbread man was for
Brittan Haynes
In this book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, I felt like this best connected to the world (text-to-world). Text-to-world is used whenever you feel like it reminds you of the world you live in or something similar or different that has happened in this world. The reason I picked text-to-world for this book was because it is similar to what happens to families who have to work really hard to bring home the money for their families. In the world, there are sometimes families who have a parent or eve ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Kristin added it
Shelves: multicultural
A. Text to World Connection: Every election year the debate on illegal immigration comes out in politics. Often times you only hear one side of the debate. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote brings to light the struggles families face in choosing to cross the border illegally to make better lives for themselves and their families. Our country relies on migrant workers and I never realized the hardships faced by these families.
B. Six Discussion Questions (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy)
1. Remembering: What
Kaitlyn Wacker
Text to self: Pancho the Rabbit relates to a childhood memory I have. It has nothing to do with the Mexican american immigration but everything to do with the rabbit! I instantly thought of my childhood when I had a pet rabbit named Peter. The character in this book is determined and it reminded me of my pet rabbit who was determined as well; determined to run away. It was a sad day when I lost my pet rabbit but this book brought a smile back to my face!

text to text: Going Home by Eve Bunting is
This teaches the importance of family and hard work especially while undergoing hardship. This story takes a symbolist approach to show the effects of illegal immigration from Mexico to the USA.
Some students may be familiar with Spanish and that would help them understand the story and recognize some of the symbolism. Some of the students may be a product of families who immigrated to “el Norte” or the USA in search of a better life. Every student can relate this story to working hard for somet
The Diego Rivera Book Award winner, "Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A migrant's tale" by Duncan Tonatiuh, was a fantastic story depicted through not only literature, but illustration as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate pictures used throughout the book because they gave such a clear explanation to what was happening within the story, without having to read the words themselves. The story itself is of a young rabbit named Pancho, who lives in southern Mexico. During this book, Pancho goes ...more
Mary Birky Collier
TEXT-TO-WORLD CONNECTION: This book is clearly the telling of real-life Latin-American families experiences as migrant workers as well as their experiences being smuggled across borders to work or live. The use of animals as characters—rabbits, roosters, rams, and coyotes—helps add a lighter and more child-friendly tone to helping readers become aware of all that Latin American families go through, especially in terms of risk, fear, danger, and loss, to find and make better lives for themselves ...more
This story is about a young rabbit named Pancho whose father leaves with other “men” from the village to go north to earn money. While it is not explicitly said, it seems that the rabbits and other animals in the village are symbols for struggling Mexican families, and “El Norte” is America. This story tells of the struggles a poor family in Mexico can face, with drought and poverty, and the struggles of immigration. It is implied that the immigrant animals do not arrive in America legally, and ...more
Mary Larkin
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote
Text to Text Connection: While reading the book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote my head went straight to multiple fables. It follows the basic pattern of a problem for the main character and their journey to solve it. I especially linked this story to Little Red Riding hood, where she has her interaction with the Big Bad Wolf.

Comprehension Questions:
1) What forces Papa Rabbit to leave his family?
2) Summarize Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote in three sentences by examining t
Brooke Kelly
Text-to-Self: This story reminds me of my dad and I. In the story, Pancho is looking for his father. Along the journey he is almost eaten by a coyote but is said in the nick of time by his father. The relationship they have is similar to the relationship I have with my father. My dad is also very protective. He also works very hard to provide a fulfilling life for myself and other family members.

Text-to-Text: This story reminded me of a book I read called Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Sto
Opening: (Target group - intermediate grades)

"Last night I was watching the news and there was a report about illegal immigrants and border crossing - on how dangerous it can be. Who can tell me what the words illegal and immigrant mean?" (Allow time for responses.)

"So if illegal means forbidden by law and immigrant means a person who leaves one country for another, what does it mean when we say illegal immigrant? Is there a process an immigrant is supposed to go through before entering another
Multicultural picture Book:

Pancho, is a young rabbit who sets out for El Norte to find his father, who is late returning from the great carrot and lettuce fields. Pancho runs into a ravenous coyote who offers to help Pancho over the border. The price is part of the food Pancho has packed for his father. When the food runs out so does Poncho’s luck. Pancho is saved by his father after his adventure to get across the border.
The book uses cultural references such as Coyote, which is the term for
I related to this title in several ways. The first being the food described for Papa's return party. I love Mexican food and the idea of eating mole, rice and beans and a ton of warm tortillas sounded delicious to me (text to self). The story of Pancho's father having to leave and go north for work is evident in the news almost everyday (text to world). Pancho experiences many circumstances in the book that are happening in real-world time: the building of the wall along the border, the immigran ...more
Text to text – Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is similar to Going Home by Eve Bunting because the sacrifices parents make for their children to give them the necessities. Pancho’s Papa leaves his loved ones behind and risks his life to provide for his family, and Carlos’ parents move to California and leave behind the place they love to give their children opportunities they would not have in Mexico.
Remembering – Why did Pancho’s dad, Papa Rabbit, leave his family and work in the North?
Who says propaganda doesn't exist in kids books??? The story of Mexican migrant workers entering illegally to work in the US(el norte)by ways of a coyote. The story was good, particularly the part re: the viciousness of coyotes . What really got my goat was the "editorial" post at the END OF A KIDS BOOK! First, because like all propaganda, it was one sided. He even has some good points re: the inhumanity of how illegals enter this country, but the author fails to take into part, Mexico's respons ...more
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I was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I received my BFA from Parsons School of Design and my BA from Eugene Lang College, both of them divisions of the New School University in New York City.

My first picture book "Dear Primo, a letter to my cousin" is published by H N Abrams and will be in stores March 1st, 2010.

My illustrations of the AH1N1 in Mexico were selecte
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