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Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
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it was amazing
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“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 burros to bring books to children in rural Columbia. The author’s story telling has a wonderful rhythm that will draw students in for a read-aloud. There are Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text that add to the setting of the story as well as engage Spanish speaking students.
The pictures from the award winning illustrator, John Parra, also add to the feel of the setting as well as convey the differences between Ana’s real world and her imagination. Students listening or reading the book have enough details in the pictures to make inferences about the location of the story. There are details for the listeners to draw on for a discussion about the need for a traveling library and how the children in the story live and go to school. Ana and the librarian demonstrate patience and determination and this book would be a great starting point for a discussion of these character traits.
“Waiting for the Biblioburro” has a Lexile of 880L and is targeted for grades K through 3rd. Besides character traits, the story would be useful for Social Studies lessons on needs and wants and comparing and contrasting our lives with children of other countries. In the story Ana decides to write her own book for the librarian. Her example gives your students the steps they need to write their own story. Monica Brown has a web page with this and other books she has written and curriculum guides for them. There is even a short video clip showing Luis Soriano Bohorquez delivering books on his burros and a short interview. Check it out!
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