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Papá and Me

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  107 reviews
In Papá and Me, a young boy and his papa may speak both Spanish and English, but the most important language they speak is the language of love. In this beautiful bilingual picture book, Arthur Dorros portrays the close bond between father and son, with lush paintings by Rudy Gutierrez. Fans of Abuelo; Abuela; and La Isla will be thrilled by this multigenerational picture ...more
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by HarperCollins
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Although there is really not all that much of an actual story presented by author Arthur Dorros in his Papá and Me, the book is still a truly wonderful slice of life so to speak, a glowing exultation of a young bilingual boy spending an entire day with his unilingual Spanish speaking father (and I do truly both love and appreciate how textually, the author has incorporated so many Spanish expressions, nouns, verbs etc. and in such a way that one does not even in any manner require a glossary, as ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: Myself
Shelves: good-read
A young boy and his papa may speak both Spanish and English, but the most impartant language they speak is the language of love. Here, Arthur Dorros portrays the close bond between father and son, with lush paintings by Rudy Gutierrez.

We are always cooking up something new.
He wants eggs. I say pancakes!
Papa brings down a plate.
He flips, I catch.
We invent a special food.
"Sabroso!" papa says it is so tasty.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Engaging Father-Son Picture-Books
A young boy narrates this gentle tale of his activities with his Papá. Although they are different in some ways - the boy is bilingual, while his father only speaks Spanish; the boy loves pancakes and his father eggs; the boy likes to splash in puddles and his father does not - they share the most important thing of all: love...

Arthur Dorros' text in Papá and Me is less of a story than it is a slice of life depiction of a boy and his father. That said, it is full of a sense of warmth and family
Aly Gutierrez
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a boy and his Papá spending the day together. The boy wakes up his Papá so they can have a great day together. They sing together in harmony. They cook together while helping each other through the process. They leave for their fun day together. They assist each other along the way. The boy holds his father’s hand while they cross the street as he is told. They play in puddles at the park. The boy’s father helps him climb a tree; but still tells the boy to be careful. They t ...more
Olivia Evans
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: This bilingual book is a fabulous representation of a father and a son’s love for each other. This book really has no specific plot, but rather focuses on fun and exciting events the boys come across on the way to Abuelo & Abuela’s house. The special bond that the boy and his father have is depicted by events such as holding hands, playing at the park, playing in puddles, and having races. Since this is a bilingual book, it represents the Spanish culture and includes Spanish langua ...more
Kayla Rhome
Plot Summary:
-The picture book "Papa and Me" is written by Arthur Dorros. The story is about a Papa and a son who speak both English and Spanish. It tells of their loving relationship and the things they do on a daily basis. The picture book describes the love Papa has for his son, and how they travel through their city each day doing certain things loving each other and also playing.

Literary Merit:
-In this picture book I believe the illustrations are the most important literary element to the
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Genre: Children's Literacy; Informational

Summary: A little boy and his father use both Spanish and English to depict their special relationship together.

A: From the very first pages of the title the reader can imply that there is a special connection between the little boy and his father. Perhaps, it is through the activities they do together or the languages they share, but it is clear there is much love and admiration on both parts.

B: The endpapers of this book allow the reader to gain underst
Tessa Duncan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A simple book with beautiful illustrations. This book focuses on the love and bond between a father and his son. The book is written in English with a few Spanish words thrown in (the Spanish words are all defined within the text). This book is perfect for teaching diversity and introducing a different language in the classroom.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
There's not much of a story here, but the illustrations are beautiful and colorful. I've never seen any other illustrations quite like them. This book was a 2009 Pura Belpre Award honor book for illustrations, and rightly so. ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Uses Spanish words sprinkled throughout, always translated immediately, but gracefully.

The story of a father and his son on a day out. They enjoy spending time together. Swooping illustrations show lots of movement and action.
Cameron Walker
I like this book for its uniqueness in that it uses Spanish and english words and phrases. This is cool for young kids to see and learn, and show them that different cultures can sometimes do similar things. The loving relationship between boy and his father is fun and entertaining.
Melanie Mancha
"Papa and Me" by Arthur Dorros is a great book that shows a relationship between a father and son. The book goes through showing and telling the story of what the father and son do throughout their day from morning to night. It does a great job of including Spanish words and stating the translation right after to help students understand. Throughout the story, as the son and father are enjoying their day at the park and the bus ride home they talk in Spanish to help still speak their language. ...more
Kori Hall
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Papa and Me is a great bilingual picture book about a full day with a boy and his father. What i liked best about the book is that you read the word in Spanish but shortly after that word is read, you read it again in English. This book is great for teaching students Spanish. The father only speaks Spanish to his son, and the son only speaks English to his father, the reader may think well how can they communicate if they are speaking in two different languages. That is the beauty of this book, ...more
Daniella Mendoza
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In his book, Papa and Me, Arthur Dorros writes about the special bond a son and his father have. The kid and his father do everything together from singing, playing, dancing and cooking. From the very beginning, one can see the bond between the boy and his father. The father cares for his boy and does everything to make him happy. Arthur Dorros does a fantastic job of incorporating both Spanish and English into his writing.

I would recommend this book from first and second graders. The book itse
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Papá and Me by Arthur Dorros

Audience: This is a cute book written about a boy and his father. The boy speaks english, the father speaks spanish and the author writes in both. The story is appropriate for all grade levels, although it is best suited for K-2. Some spanish knowledge is required to read the book aloud to a class, since there are no phonemic notations to help sound the words out.

Appeal: I love that the book is written in both languages. I think it is important to expose children to diversity and when that d
Sandra Rivera
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month I had to read Papá and Me and it is an amazing book with beautiful illustrations that perfectly relate to the text. In short, the story illustrates a father-son relationship, and how they spend their time together. In my opinion, Arthur Dorros expresses a rare modern-day family: single fatherhood, whether that was his intention or not. Society always emphasizes single motherhood and praises single mothers which I personally relate to because my mother raised t ...more
Andrew Strang
Title: Papa and Me
Author/Illustrator: Arthur Dorros/Rudy Gutierrez
ISBN: 9780060581589
Date of Publication: April 22, 2014
Review: This was a wonderful multicultural book about a young boy and the things that he does with his father. The book is written primarily in English with Spanish phrases riddled throughout. The book depicts a positive relationship between a boy and his father, which is something that a lot of the young boys of today don't have at home. The boy's mother is never mentioned in
Sam Grace
I loved loved loved the illustrations in this book and I loved the relationship between father and son. I liked the back and forth between the two, the Spanish that his father spoke and the boy's understanding of it. There were a couple of times that the explanation of the Spanish felt like a translation instead of part of the boy's voice/thoughts, which brought made it less than 100% perfect for me, but I still felt like this is one of the best books representing language in intergenerational U ...more
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A young boy spends a fun, interactive day with his Papá as they travel to the beach, play in the park, draw in the sand, and visit los abuelos. A Pura Belpré Honor Book with beautiful, almost surreal illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, Papá and Me not only includes Spanish language phrases and words throughout the narrative and dialogue, but also provides a moving story about the relationship between a son and his father as they share both universal and distinctly cultural experiences together. The ...more
Sarah Rosati
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'Papá and Me' chronicles a day in the life of a young boy and his father as they attend to various errands around the city, creating their own adventures until finally drawing the day to an close at the house of the boy's Abuela and Abuelo. The majority of the text is in English but the boy uses various actions or simple translation to restate the Spanish dialogue of his Papá. Every activity that the pair engages in is depicted as a brilliant, swirling, curving event, with illustrations that are ...more
Mary Ann
beautiful, uplifting book about a young boy's day with his father. lovely relationship between the two. wonderful integration of Spanish into the story - very seamless. The boy speaks in English and Spanish, the father answers in Spanish. But the narration clearly explains, without seaming forced. The illustrations are vibrant and show the action in a young boy's life, and the love these two have for each other. perfect for preschool or young elementary. A Pura Belpre Honor Book 2008.
"'Good morn
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
Papa and Me" shows the close relationship between a father and a son. I think that this is important to address because we often find sing parent homes where the mother is the single parent. In my Kindergarten placement this year, there is a child who is from a single parent home in which the father is the only parent. Books like this may help students that are in those same predicaments to feel welcome and help them to understand that it is ok to have a single parent father. The story follows c ...more
Ally Copper
'Papa and Me' by Arthur Dorros is a story about a little boy's special day with his father. They sing, make breakfast, walk, and visit a park. The son climbs a tree and sees shapes in the clouds. They draw in the sand, ride a bus, tell each other stories, and race. This is a sweet story that highlights the father-son relationship in a positive way. Two things work to make this children's book more than a simple story. The first is the colorful, imaginative illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. They a ...more
Julia Somer
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Papa and Me is a story about the adventures of a father and son on a fun day together. The make breakfast together, sing, climb trees, draw in the sand, and more. The father speaks Spanish, and then the son replies to him in English. This story does not have a problem/resolution, rather it just follows the activities of the two throughout the day. This book would be good for teaching beginning Spanish because any time Spanish is used, it is almost immediately translated by the boy. For example, ...more
Kayla Boerner
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
I love how this book includes both spanish and english. The illustrations are also really cool and I have not seen anything like it before. I think this book would be great to read to classes with english language learners or if you have students who have come here from spanish speaking countries. The father and son in this book have a fantastic relationship and this book really shows the love between them. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I feel like some kids ma ...more
Catherine Page
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brightly illustrated, this title follows a young boy and his father as they enjoy a day together. Speaking in Spanish and English, the two have breakfast, go to the park, play together, and race each other to Abuela and Abuelo's.

Arthur Dorros skillfully weaves together the dialog, making it clear to non-Spanish speakers what is intended by the Spanish words and phrases. Illustrator Rudy Gutierrez combines fairly realistic faces with surrealistic backgrounds that seem to echo certain bright Mexic
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor for Rudy Gutierrez
Colorful words and images on the endpapers introduce the theme of love between a father and son, who don't always speak the same language. The illustrations swirl with movement as they depict a young boy and his beloved Papa enjoying a day together. Outlined by dots, lines and images of birds, fish and other animals, the paintings suggest symbols of traditional Latino art. In accordance with the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award criteria, Rudy Gutierr
Beautiful illustrations, a lot of wonderful intimate moments between father and son, and hugs from the grandparents! Plus, Spanish words are intermingled with the story, repeated in English for those who don't know Spanish. I do like the bonding between father and son; however, when you juxtapose this book with Mama and Me, you can see that the boy does all the active things and the girl does the writing and painting and clothes. So the gender dichotomy could use some work, but it's a start beca ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A boy and his father spend the day together, singing, and cooking breakfast, and walking to the park. Speaking in English peppered with Spanish words and phrases, they move throughout their day, celebrating being together and having fun.

I love the joyful feeling of this book, and the love that seeps through the pages. The Spanish phrases add an interesting element to the story, and are shown well enough so readers who don't speak the language shouldn't feel left out. The father is a wonderful ro
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Arthur Dorros - Rudy Gutierrez - Rayo - 2008 Ages 8-10. Papa' and Me is a real, simple easy to read very well illustrated book. This book takes us through a boy's journey with his father and what they are both good at as well as what they would like to work on. This book doesn't have a lot of words so there isn't much to really tell about it, but I wasn't a big fan of it. I think that the illustrations were very well done, but it wasn't my favorite book and I couldn't really relate to it like so ...more
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