Walk with Me

Walk with Me

Written by: Buitrago, Jairo
Illustrated by: Yockteng, Rafael
Translated by: Amado, Elisa
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

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.

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 By Groundwood Books Ltd - Mar 1, 2017
Specifications 32 pages | 9.0625 in x 9.0625 in

"Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"With guided discussion, youngsters can see beyond the deceptive simplicity of this poignant story. A strong choice for all collections." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"The duo behind Two White Rabbits returns with another compassionate portrait of a child negotiating difficult circumstances with grace. " — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD490L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7