Walk with me

by Buitrago, Jairo,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary

A simple, imaginative story depicting the complex emotional reality of a girl whose father no longer lives at home.

The girl conjures up an imaginary companion -- a lion -- who will join her on the long walk home from school. He will help her to pick up her baby brother from daycare and shop at the store (which has cut off the family's credit), and he'll keep her company all along the way until she is safely home. He will always come back when she needs him, unlike her father whom she sees only in a photograph -- a photograph in which he clearly resembles a lion.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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 Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly 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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Lion -- Juvenile fiction.
Imagination -- Juvenile fiction.
Fatherless families -- Juvenile fiction.
Lion -- Fiction.
Imagination -- Fiction.
Fatherless families -- Fiction.
Publisher Toronto :2017
Other Titles Camino a casa.
Contributors Yockteng, Rafael, illustrator.
Amado, Elisa, translator.
Audience Elementary Grade.
Language English
In English, translated from the Spanish.
Notes Translation of: Camino a casa.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781554988570
1554988578
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