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Waiting for the Biblioburro
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John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine painter, whose work is avidly collected. John's books have received numerous awards, including the Pura BelprU Illustrator Honor Award for Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora and for Green Is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. John lives in Queens, New York, with his wife. Visit him at
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"Who are you? Who are they?" the children ask.   The man says, "I am a librarian, a bibliotecario , and these are my donkeys, Alfa and Beto. Welcome to Biblioburro , my biblioteca ."   "But, Señor ," Ana says, "I thought libraries were only in big cities and buildings."   "Not this one," says the librarian. "This is a moving library."   Then he spreads out his books and invites the children to join him under a tree. Excerpted from Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro: (Spanish-English Bilingual Edition) by Monica Brown All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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A remarkable tale of books and reading, now in a bilingual Spanish-English edition. a On most days, teacher and librarian Luis Soriano Boh rquez packs his two burros, Alfa and Beto, with books and makes his way over mountains and through valleys to visit children in far-flung villages in rural Colombia-all for the sake of literacy and culture. Based on the work of a remarkable man and his intrepid burros, this bilingual English and Spanish edition celebrates the impact that a special mobile library-called the obiblioburroo-has had on the lives of real children. a About the author- a Monica Brown's Peruvian American heritage has inspired in her a desire to share Latino stories with children. Her books have garnered starred reviews, the AmUricas Award, two Pura BelprU Author Honors, and the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacy. Monica is currently Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino and Multicultural Literature. Visit her at
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