About this book
Jairo Buitrago • Rafael Yockteng • Elisa Amado
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:
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
About the Creators
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) and Lion and Mouse (two starred reviews). 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. He lives in Mexico City.
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 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, with photographs by Joya Hairs; 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
Praise for Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng:
“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 On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng:
“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 Walk with Me by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng:
“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