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Papa Brings Me the World



by
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250159250
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Primary Plus

When you keep your eyes and heart wide open, new friends await you wherever you go.

Most parents drive a car or ride a bus or train to work—but not Lulu’s papa. He navigates mountains, deserts, and oceans, each time returning home with pockets full of treasures. There’s an ancient calculator from China, a musical mbira from Zimbabwe, and special games from Sumatra. But the best treasures are special stories Papa tells when he comes home—tales of playing peek a boo with rare birds in the Andes and riding dragons in the Irish Sea.

This long-distance love story between parent and child celebrates inclusivity, imagination, and the richness of global cultures. For fans of The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Drawn Together.

Author's note, with photographs and map. Instructions for a treasure game. Full-color illustrations were created with acrylics, watercolors, salt, pencil, rubber stamps, and collage.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

3.1: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Fathers and daughters. Separation (psychology). Travel. Family life. Gifts. Memorabilia. 


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Praise & Reviews

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Unlike most parents who “drive a car or ride a bus or train to work,” Lu’s father is a photojournalist who travels the world, frequently leaving the little girl with her mother and baby sibling. Though the child delights in receiving souvenirs from all over the globe, her heartfelt longing for her father permeates the story, which draws from the author’s own childhood experiences. “I love treasures, but I’d rather have Papa,” Lu wistfully says. Despite the undercurrent of sadness, she maintains a connection to her father by sneaking notes into his luggage, poring over his travel journals, and cherishing the times when her father returns with exciting stories, all the while imagining a time she, too, will travel the world. Eventually, her dream comes true when her papa takes her to visit Australia. Kostecki-Shaw’s mixed-media—acrylics, watercolors, salt, pencil, rubber stamps, collage—illustrations have a richness of texture, pattern, and color wonderfully suited to depicting the dazzling array of multicultural mementos, as well as conveying the touching bond between Lu and her parents. An author’s note, map, and suggestion for a treasure game are included in the back pages. The author’s look back never falters in conveying a child’s perspective, in a cozy and loving tale that includes an important message of global connection.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Unlike most parents who “drive a car or ride a bus or train to work,” Lu’s father is a photojournalist who travels the world, frequently leaving the little girl with her mother and baby sibling. Though the child delights in receiving souvenirs from all over the globe, her heartfelt longing for her father permeates the story, which draws from the author’s own childhood experiences. “I love treasures, but I’d rather have Papa,” Lu wistfully says. Despite the undercurrent of sadness, she maintains a connection to her father by sneaking notes into his luggage, poring over his travel journals, and cherishing the times when her father returns with exciting stories, all the while imagining a time she, too, will travel the world. Eventually, her dream comes true when her papa takes her to visit Australia. Kostecki-Shaw’s mixed-media—acrylics, watercolors, salt, pencil, rubber stamps, collage—illustrations have a richness of texture, pattern, and color wonderfully suited to depicting the dazzling array of multicultural mementos, as well as conveying the touching bond between Lu and her parents. An author’s note, map, and suggestion for a treasure game are included in the back pages. The author’s look back never falters in conveying a child’s perspective, in a cozy and loving tale that includes an important message of global connection.

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