Cave Paintings

Cave Paintings

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

A young space traveler discovers art painted millennia before by a human being—just like him.

Our hero travels all alone on a spaceship, through the universe, past galaxies, comets and planets to go visit his grandmother on Earth for the summer holidays. She takes him to visit an ancient cave, where he discovers handprints and drawings of unknown animals made by human beings, just like him. To top off his wonderful holiday she gives him mysterious objects which once belonged to his grandfather — paper and crayons. On the way home he draws what he saw on his travels — to the amazement of his fellow passengers.

Jairo Buitrago’s thought-provoking story reminds us of what remains as everything changes. Rafael Yockteng’s fabulous art, a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, presents us a wonderful, diverse future in which space travel is common, though knowledge of the past is still a secret treasure to be discovered.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

A young space traveler discovers art painted millennia before by a human being—just like him.

Our hero travels all alone on a spaceship, through the universe, past galaxies, comets and planets to go visit his grandmother on Earth for the summer holidays. She takes him to visit an ancient cave, where he discovers handprints and drawings of unknown animals made by human beings, just like him. To top off his wonderful holiday she gives him mysterious objects which once belonged to his grandfather — paper and crayons. On the way home he draws what he saw on his travels — to the amazement of his fellow passengers.

Jairo Buitrago’s thought-provoking story reminds us of what remains as everything changes. Rafael Yockteng’s fabulous art, a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, presents us a wonderful, diverse future in which space travel is common, though knowledge of the past is still a secret treasure to be discovered.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Oct 27, 2020
Specifications 52 pages | 9.75 in x 9.75 in

Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Cave Paintings:

Commended CCBC Choices, 2021

“Celebrated collaborators deliver another thoughtful delight, revealing how ‘making marks’ links us across time and space.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An ode to the endless possibilities of art, a celebration of open borders, and a reverence for the contributions of our collective ancestors.” — Horn Book, starred review

Cave Paintings is an intergalactic triumph sure to inspire wonder and creativity.” — CM Review of Materials

“This book… demonstrat[es] that there is both joy to be found in the mundane and wonder to be found in the infinite expanse of the universe.” — School Library Journal

“[A] subtle message about conservation for the next generation.” — Foreword Reviews

“Yockteng juggles different styles of artwork with ease—magisterial views of whirling galaxies, pen-and-ink-style drawings of the boy’s time with his grandmother, the cave art itself, and childlike sketches on the new pad all offer scope for the imagination.” — Publishers Weekly

"As with their other picture books … the team of Buitrago and Yockteng, with Amado translating, have created another outstanding story that will resonate with the youngest readers and listeners." — De Colores Blog

“If the goal of reading books is to transport you to another world and to broaden your understanding of your own, this book is a hit.” — Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf Blog

“This accomplished and thoughtful team continue to create wonder with their stories.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

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Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Lion and Mouse:

“Jairo Buitrago’s retelling of the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” is likely to have early readers giggling with glee …. The entertaining text and superb illustrations combine to spark new life in this old tale of kindness, compassion and friendship.” — Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW 

“An intelligent glimpse at how a friendship between unlikely candidates might be possible. A stellar addition for all collections.” — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“A grand, morally opulent retelling with a message for our age.” — Kirkus Reviews 


Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for On the Other Side of the Garden:

“Simply outstanding” — Kirkus, starred review

“Buitrago and Yockteng (Walk with Me) imagine the kinds of comfort that might console Isabel most, and readers share in the beginning of her healing.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A subtle and affecting journey to resilience.” — School Library Journal, starred review


Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Walk with Me:

“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
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7