Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Biblioburro by Jeanette Winters AND Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

Not sure how I came to have these two books on my reserve list at the same time but both books are based on the true story of Louis Soriana, who lives in northern Colombia. The first version, Biblioburro, could be used with any grade level, best suited for primary. The second book Waiting for the Biblioburro, also tells the true life story of Louis/Luis Soriana with more details and Spanish words.

Using simple text, Jeanette Winters tells the story of "Luis", the book lover. One day his wife decided she could not take ONE MORE BOOK in their house (Oh no! I hope this does not happen at our house!!) Luis decides to take one burro and pack it with books. The second burro he will ride. He then heads out to the countryside to bring books to the children that do not have any and have no "library" to use.

A more advanced version of the story of Luis bringing books to the countryside. Focusing on a little girl, Ana, this version builds up the anticipation of this special man bringing books to her village. Ana waits with mounting excitement for the day when new books will arrive. She reads, and rereads her book and she waits. Finally the day has arrived and before getting newbook. (The back of the book includes the translations of the Spanish words used in the book! Good thing!)

Both are excellent books, illustrations to text, and a great addition to a classroom library.

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