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Waiting for the Biblioburro

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Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros—all the books a little girl could dream of, with enou ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Tricycle Press (first published July 12th 2011)
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Manybooks
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in books and libraries, children interested in multiculturalism
Waiting for the Biblioburro (featuring a wonderful, evocative narrative by Monica Brown and John Parra's equally enchanting accompanying illustrations) is the inspiring and thought-provoking story about a librarian in Colombia, who delivers and distributes his library books, not from the distribution desk of a building, not even from a motorised bookmobile, but using two trusted mules, Alfa and Beto (the two first letters of the alphabet). And of course, Waiting for the Bibliloburro is also a sw ...more
Karen
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is ADORABLE. I’m quitting my job and buying two burros and becoming a traveling librarian.
Carolynne
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Malinda, Kathryn, Abigail, Gundula, Chandra
The children of Ana's village (in Colombia?)have lost their only teacher, and Ana reads her one book over and over again. When that pales she makes up stories to tell her little brother. But she longs to be able to read more books. One day a man comes to the village with two burros laden with books: The Biblioburro[s]. Since I grew up in a town with no library, where a Bookmobile came once a month, I can feel Ana's joy at the wealth of books for her to read. The delightful story is inspired by a ...more
Donalyn
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations with text in both English and Spanish.
Lisa Vegan
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children who enjoy books & libraries & creating & learning about other children
Recommended to Lisa by: Carolynne
Oh, I just loved this book.

The only thing I wasn’t wild about were the way people’s faces were painted. However, the loved everything else about the illustrations. The scenery, the colors, the folk art feel, and how all the pictures contributed mightily to making this story so engaging.

I’ve read other books about traveling libraries but this is the only one I can think of where the biblioburro’s patrons are encouraged to write as well as read.

The story is lovely. I like the real feeling of susp
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Dolly
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter and learned about Señor Luis Soriano Bohorquez's efforts to bring books to children in Columbia. So when we saw this book was about the same subject, but from a child's perspective, I was eager to read it. The narrative is very engaging and the illustrations are colorful. I loved how Spanish words are incorporated into the story and help children learn a few words of the language through the context of the story. We real ...more
Jo
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful story about Luis, his traveling library and his burros Alfa and Beto. I first learned the true story of Luis after reading Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia and while that book focused mainly on Luis and how the Biblioburro came to be, this book tells the story of a little girl named Ana who loves to read and the first time Luis visits her village.

Beautifully written and features an author's note on other traveling libraries around the world, the real Luis, as well as a g
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Cathy Traccarella
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
“Waiting for the Biblioburro” is an engaging story about a young girl, Ana, and her love of books despite having limited access to them. When a librarian goes above and beyond to bring books to children in the villages, we see how devoted Ana is to storytelling and how rich it makes her imagination. As I was reading about how much Ana loved reading I actually got teary-eyed! Author Monica Brown’s 2011 picture book is based on the real-life librarian, Luis Soriano Bohorquez, who really used two b ...more
Jenny
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great story of Ana, a young girl in a remote village who loves cuentos (stories) and the librarian who travels with his two burros, Alfa and Beto, to deliver libros (books) to Ana and the other children. Not only does he bring books, but he spends time teaching the children. Ana is inspired to write a story and give to him that he can then share with other children in other villages. This is based on a real man, Luis Soriano Bohorquez. The author's note gives some additional information about hi ...more
Sarah Landwehr
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Waiting for the Biblioburro” by Monica Brown details the story of Ana, a little girl who loves to read but only has one book. One day a man visits the countryside where Ana lives. With him, he brings two burros (donkeys) that carried books. The man reads to the children who live in the rural town and then lets them pick out their own books to borrow for a few weeks. Ana loves reading the books and even suggests to the traveling librarian that someone write a story about his library, and he tell ...more
Tasha
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Inspired by a true story, this picture book shows the power of books and reading. Ana is a small girl who lives in Colombia and adores books. Her village is very remote though, so there is no library to go to. Ana has just one book, given to her by her teacher, and she has read it over and over again. Ana makes up her own stories that she tells her little brother at bedtime. Then one day a man with two burros comes to their village. The burros carry a library of books and he invites all of the c ...more
Olgalijo
A girl in an isolated town only has one book to read. She received this book from her school teacher, who has moved away, and now the children in the village have no teacher. One day a man arrives with his two donkeys carrying books. He reads stories to the children and loans them books until the next time he comes by. The girl writes her own story about the man with the mobile library and gifts it to him when he comes back.

My opinion of this book may be more negative than it would be in other
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Nicole
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
(Primary) Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

1. Text to world would be a good category for this book. Students can discuss how the way Ana is able to borrow books through the biblioburro in Columbia, is different and similar to the way they borrow books in the United States . This can also allow the reader to reflect upon how this book relates to themselves and the world in which they live.

2. Remembering: How does Ana get books to read living in such a small village?
Understanding: How w
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ana only has one book. She has read it so many times that she knows it word for word. She wishes she had another book, but, since her teacher has left, she knows this will never happen.

Then one morning, she wakes to hear the sound of a man on a burro. He carries a sign: Biblioburro. He brings books for the children and promises to return in a few weeks to trade these for new ones.

This book is based on the story of a teacher and librarian who traveled to rural villages in Columbia.

The text is c
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Robin
Ana loves to read but has only one book, given to her by her teacher. But the teacher no longer comes to Ana's village. Though Ana makes up her own stories to tell to her younger brother, she longs for other books to read. One day the Biblioburro comes to her village: Luis the librarian and his two burros, Alpha and Beta, who carry books. Parra's illustrations evoke the magical realism that infuses Latin American culture as Ana's imaginings come to life on the page. Spanish words are intersperse ...more
Jana
This is a fascinating book about a young girl who lives in a remote village where she doesn't have access to school or books. She has one book that she reads over and over again. All of that changes when she and her neighbors get a visit from a man leading two burros carrying library books on their backs. Based on the story of a real-life librarian, Luis Soriano Bohorquez, this book tells the story of a traveling library providing books to people who live in rural Colombia. This book is written ...more
Bethe
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
bookaday #24. Lovely book about something my students take for granted, especially during the school year, access to library books. For someone who has a healthy?? fear of the book emergency, I can't imagine not having access to as many books as I want. I have seen some of Colombia's remote rural areas many years ago as an exchange student, many thanks to Luis Soriano Bohorquez, on whom this story is based, for his service to the children of Colombia.
Laura
A lovely story about a library that travels via burro. Recommended for public and school libraries.

I have to admit that I liked Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia better. Monica Brown's story is very well done and I also recommend it!
Kori Morris
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my favorite books to read-aloud in class (I had 3rd graders). It ties in my love of world news/geography (world news because it's the story of a real person, still alive, and geography because the students got to hear about Colombia). The students loved it, my Spanish speaking students could help me with the pronunciation, and the pictures are great.
Christabelle
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south-america
We liked this story of the Biblioburro even better than the first. I think it was because it follows the perspective of a little girl. We were struck by how exciting it must be to wait for a book and how sad that she only had one book to begin with.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I think I am a sucker for stories about people who managed to find ways to bring children (and adults) books in rural areas. This is just that kind of story...a man with two burros who travel around bringing books to children.
Meghan
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very cute. Will use for Take Your Child to the Library Day
Emily
Nov 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: multicultural
1. This book tells the story of a young girl named Ana who only wants to read and tell stories. Since her teacher went to another village, there have not been any new books for her to read. One day, a man on a donkey comes to visit and calls it the "Biblioburro" or the library on the donkeys. He lends books to the children and says he will return to give them new ones. While she is waiting for him to return, she writes her own story about the traveling Biblioburro. She gives this to the man when ...more
Jill
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Monica Brown does another amazing job telling a sweet Latino story. In this book, Ana is a young girl who loves to read. From the beginning, the reader learns that Ana is sleeping in a house on a hill. She has chores when she wakes up and after those are complete, her mother, baby brother, and Ana take a walk down the hill. She longs to be back at her cool home, reading a book. Her first and only book came from a teacher. Unfortunately, this teacher had to move away and now there is no one left ...more
Janette Fuller
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Ana lives in a small village in Colombia. Her teacher moved far away so now the children of the village do not go to school. Ana spends her time reading the one and only book that she owns over and over.

One day, Ana looks down the hill below her house and sees a man with a sign that reads "Biblioburro". The man has two burros with him and the burros are loaded down with Libros! Books!

The children all come running out and greet the man. He tells them he is a librarian and the books belong to his
...more
David
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra tells of Ana, who wakes up one morning to the sounds of hooves and a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros, with a librarian to read stories.

Parra's detailed illustrations are acrylics on boards. His folk art features greens, pinks, blues, browns & grays, and stylized images of people, plants and animals. While this can be shared with groups, the many details make this best enjoyed one on one to be able to
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Doret
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ana loves to read and owns one book that she reads again and again. Ana and her family live in a small village without a local library. One day a man and his burros brings a library to the village. The children rush to meet the man and his two donkey's. When the librarian leaves Ana can't wait for him to return. The text and illustrations allow the reader to feel Ana's excitement.

"When will he come back?" she asks her mother, who smiles and says, "Go read, Ana."
"When will he come back?" she asks
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Kristen
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, spanish
What a cute book! We picked this up because it was on the latin themed challenge of the summer reading program we're participating in at our library. It's a story about a little girl who lives in a village where there are no books. Her teacher that got her to love stories moved away and no one filled her place. But then one day a man with two donkeys (burros) shows up to the village and reads to the kids and lets them pick out books. He's a moving library! He says he'll be back in a few weeks. T ...more
Luz
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
In the story “ Waiting for the Biblioburro”, the representations of language, culture, setting, and relationships are accurate. The pictures and the text at the beginning of the story describe a house on top of the hill, where Ana, her brother, her mom and her dad lives. The language and culture used depict a working-class Latino family living in a rural area in Colombia away from modern, urban life. Characters in the story often use both languages, Spanish and English, to communicate. As many b ...more
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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...more