Groundwood Books

Walk with Me

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

For students in grades K - 2 | Published 2017-30- | ISBN 9781554988587
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents

Cover of Walk with Me

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.06 in × 9.06 in
Digital Format

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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.

About the Creators

Jairo Buitrago

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books. Their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, in the White Ravens Catalogue (Germany) and on Banco del Libro’s “Los mejores libros del año” / Best Books of the Year (Venezuela).

Rafael Yockteng

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated a number of children's books, which have been published in Colombia and abroad. He lives in Bogotá, Colombia.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY's Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
The richly colored, expressionistic multimedia illustrations add a great deal of depth to the minimal text.
  • 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 Kirkus Best Picture Books, 2017
  • Commended ALSC Notable Children's Books, 2018
  • Short-listed Kirkus Prize, 2017