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Rescatando palabras: José Alberto Gutiérrez y la biblioteca que creó (Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built)



by
Angela Burke Kunkel
illustrated by
Paola Escobar

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Schwartz & Wade
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780593181713
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JLG Category

Primary Spanish

In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays—that’s the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure…books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José´. Others take a bit more digging. Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he’s been collecting books—thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones—to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little Jose run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD720L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2020

Book Genres

Nonfic

Topics

José Alberto Gutiérrez. Libraries. Books and reading. Spanish language materials. Bogotá, Colombia. Garbage collectors. Librarians. Communities.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Kunkel and Escobar (illustrator of Planting Stories, rev. 1/19) present the lives of “two Josés.” One is a child, known as Little José, living in La Nueva Gloria barrio in Colombia; the other is his neighbor, Señor José, the real-life José Alberto Gutiérrez, whose love of literacy inspired him to construct a community library at the turn of the twenty-first century. While Bogotá City sleeps, Señor José, a trash collector, uses his route to look for “hidden treasure…books!” Kunkel’s implied metaphor—one person’s trash is another’s treasure—neatly structures this picture-book biography. Señor José rescues discarded books, and Little José can’t wait to read them on Saturdays when the doors to “Paradise” (i.e., Gutiérrez’s community library) open wide. Escobar’s spacious digital illustrations alternate single pages (including characters’ side-by-side perspectives), spot images, and double-page spreads, whose muted cool blue tones and predominant vertical lines offer sweeping panoramic scapes of Bogotá’s streets and silhouetted mountains. Some of the images reflect readers’ imaginary worlds (references to One Hundred Years of Solitude, Anna Karenina, and The Little Prince), capturing the unique experience that literature offers the mind. An author’s note, “Featured Books,” and websites are appended. LETTYCIA TERRONES

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Kunkel and Escobar (illustrator of Planting Stories, rev. 1/19) present the lives of “two Josés.” One is a child, known as Little José, living in La Nueva Gloria barrio in Colombia; the other is his neighbor, Señor José, the real-life José Alberto Gutiérrez, whose love of literacy inspired him to construct a community library at the turn of the twenty-first century. While Bogotá City sleeps, Señor José, a trash collector, uses his route to look for “hidden treasure…books!” Kunkel’s implied metaphor—one person’s trash is another’s treasure—neatly structures this picture-book biography. Señor José rescues discarded books, and Little José can’t wait to read them on Saturdays when the doors to “Paradise” (i.e., Gutiérrez’s community library) open wide. Escobar’s spacious digital illustrations alternate single pages (including characters’ side-by-side perspectives), spot images, and double-page spreads, whose muted cool blue tones and predominant vertical lines offer sweeping panoramic scapes of Bogotá’s streets and silhouetted mountains. Some of the images reflect readers’ imaginary worlds (references to One Hundred Years of Solitude, Anna Karenina, and The Little Prince), capturing the unique experience that literature offers the mind. An author’s note, “Featured Books,” and websites are appended. LETTYCIA TERRONES

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