The Resource Walk with me, Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado

Walk with me, Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado

Label
Walk with me
Title
Walk with me
Statement of responsibility
Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A little girl imagines a lion taking the place of her father who no longer lives with her family, an animal that keeps her safe on her travels from school to home
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2017
  • USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2018.
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2018.
Review
  • Grades K-2 A young girl asks a lion to walk with her as she leaves school, picks up her younger brother from daycare, makes dinner, and waits for her mother to get home from working in a factory. The end pages offer a clue to the undercurrent of this picture book: the front pages show the footprints of a child and a lion, but on the back pages, the lion’s prints are replaced by a man’s shoe prints. The girl’s father is gone—where exactly is not stated—but a cheerful family photograph demonstrates the love that they shared. The richly colored, expressionistic multimedia illustrations add a great deal of depth to the minimal text. By studying the details, readers will learn about the girl’s life and challenges. Younger children can enjoy the thought of riding a lion through city traffic, while older readers will note the dilapidated condition of the girl’s neighborhood and apartment. Lions are animals often associated with bravery, so the girl seeking strength from her imagined relationship with the lion presents a compelling narrative. -- Whitehurst, Lucinda (Reviewed 1/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 9, p104)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1–4—A girl invites an imaginary lion, a metaphor for her missing father, to accompany her on her long walk home. Along the way, she must pick up her baby brother from child care and purchase groceries, and when they arrive home, she prepares dinner before her mother returns from the factory. The illustrations are all full-bleed spreads. Sketched in pencil, scanned, and then redrawn and colored digitally, they depict a run-down neighborhood, with buildings in disrepair and clothing drying on a rooftop near rabbit-ear antennas. The necessity for the young girl to assume so many adult tasks and the spare apartment with cracked walls, a broken cabinet, and one bed shared by mother and children are evidence of the poverty they experience in the absence of the girl's father. While the text contains no Spanish words, there are Spanish signs on buildings and advertisements, and though the time and place are not specified, there is much that can be inferred. In a family portrait, the father's bushy hair closely resembles the mane of the lion the girl invents to help her brave the difficult and scary aspects of her life. What might have happened to her father? Details in the illustrations hint at the many cases of "los desaparecidos" in Latin American history. How can readers cope with their own life challenges? VERDICT With guided discussion, youngsters can see beyond the deceptive simplicity of this poignant story. A strong choice for all collections.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p101)
  • /* Starred Review */ The duo behind Two White Rabbits returns with another compassionate portrait of a child negotiating difficult circumstances with grace. The narrator, an unnamed girl with shaggy dark hair, is joined by an imposing lion as she makes her way through a rundown, smoggy city after school. Wherever they go, passersby look on with shock (some faint in fright). “Let’s go together into the neighborhood,” she says, “and into the store that won’t give us credit anymore.” (Here, the lion unleashes a mighty roar, and the shopkeeper quickly pushes two bags full of groceries to the girl.) Yockteng’s smudgy pencil drawings fill in many details left unsaid by Buitrago’s understated text; together they reveal a girl who quietly and capably handles the adult tasks set before her (picking up her baby brother, cooking dinner while her mother works). The closing revelation that the lion represents her absent father leaves readers with haunting and poignant questions; whether he has actually returned, briefly, or if the lion reflects her imagined wish for his companionship is left as open-ended as the unexplained reasons for his absence. Ages 4–7. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 03/06/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 10, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A lion accompanies a child on a walk home during a day in the city in this wistful tale of parental absence.The story begins with a simple gesture: a nameless, light-skinned child in a school uniform holds out a flower to a lion. "Keep me company on the way home," says the child. The lion then follows the child, terrifying adults—and delighting other kids—at school and on the city's streets all the way home. The pair dashes by crowded buses and cars, stops to pick up the child-narrator's younger sibling, and even shops at "the store that won't give us credit anymore." (Fortunately, the ferocious feline can help with the last difficulty.) At home, things start to settle down as the trio prepares a meal and waits for Mama to return from the factory. The day soon ends, and the lion departs, though the child-narrator hopes it returns when called. Similar to Buitrago and Yockteng's previous collaborations, the story ends on a poignant and unexpected note. The first-person narration tugs readers along with ease, deftly eliciting compassion from the performance of seemingly mundane tasks. Yockteng's muted illustrations depict the city as full of cracked buildings, drab colors, and expression captured in movement. Minor details in the pictures, including environmental print in Spanish, take readers in different directions all at once, adding to the low-key narration. Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017)
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10549548
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Buitrago, Jairo
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1
  • 4
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  • Yockteng, Rafael
  • Amado, Elisa
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lion
  • Imagination
  • Fatherless families
  • Children's stories
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Walk with me, Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: Camino a casa
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
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  • still image
Content type code
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  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554988570
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Walk with me, Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado
Publication
Note
Translation of: Camino a casa
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554988570
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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