Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Donkey Deliveries

Can you imagine how different reading to our children would be if our only access to books was through a delivery man on a donkey?  Lending periods would seem limited in a much different way.  "You mean I have to wait THREE WEEKS until I can get another book?!"

Monica Brown's new picture book, Waiting for the Biblioburro, takes readers on a journey to a small village in South America where a little girl named Ana has only one book to her name.  She reads her cuento, or story, over and over until one day a librarian, with the help of his two burros, Alfa and Beto, brings dozens of books to her town .  Sprinkled throughout with spanish words, this story is based on the author's experience in Columbia getting to know a traveling librarian.

Share this with your budding bibliophiles and make sure to check out the last page containing spanish definitions and a bit about real traveling librarians all over the world.  I felt very humbled and grateful that I don't spend my days in a saddle smelling of donkey. 

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