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Groundwood Books

Walk with Me

Written by Jairo Buitrago • Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng • Translated by Elisa Amado

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554988570

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.0625 in × 9.0625 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Walk with Me

Jairo Buitrago • Rafael Yockteng • Elisa Amado

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.

About the Creators

Jairo Buitrago

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist), Lion and Mouse (two starred reviews) and most recently, Cave Paintings. They won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY’s Honor List. Their books have also appeared on “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo has also won the Hispanoamericano Castillo prize for children’s literature and the Antonio García Cubas Award. He lives in Mexico City.

Rafael Yockteng

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits(three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
Buitrago and Yockteng present a beautiful and complex story of courage and hope where there seems to be none.
  • Commended New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2017
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year, 2018
  • Commended Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books, 2017
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Books, 2017
  • Commended ALSC Notable Children's Books, 2018
  • Short-listed Kirkus Prize, 2017
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books, 2017
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