Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Duncan Tonatiuh's Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale was released earlier this month.  First I've gotta say, the artwork is really fantastic.  I love mixed media!  This is hand drawn then collaged digitally.  The colors are stunning.

Now, the subject matter.  The book is about Pancho Rabbit, his father left to find work in the north because of the horrible drought... but he doesn't return when he's supposed to.  So, Pancho sets out in search of him.
On his way he meets Coyote (which is slang for a person who smuggles people across the US and Mexican borders).  Coyote makes promises, but things do not go very well during their difficult journey.   In the end Pancho is reunited with his father and they return to their family (though in real life the story does not always end well).
This book is the perfect way to introduce children to the complex issue of immigration and migrants.  There are SO MANY strong feelings about the subject.  This is a great book, I highly recommend it.
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ps There is an author's note, post story, which talks about this subject in greater depth.  There is also a glossary where you can find definitions of all Spanish words in the book.  Both of which I found very interesting and useful.

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