Monday, September 6, 2010

Biblioburro: A True Story From Columbia

written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
(Beach Lane Books) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
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Luis Soriana lives in a remote part of Columbia and loves reading. He has collected so many books that his wife wonders what they are going to do with all of them. Luis decides to buy two burros so he can share his books with those people that live in the faraway hills. The two burros, Alfa and Beto, are loaded with crates that are full of books. Biblioburro, the burro library, travels the countryside to share books with eager readers. Luis encounters natural and man-made barriers including a bandit, but he reaches his destination of the village of El Tormento. Along with the books, Luis has a surprise as he reads aloud a story to his happy audience of children.

The back matter of Biblioburro explains that Luis Soriana began transporting books to villages in 2000. About 300 people benefit from Luis's efforts to share his love of reading. Biblioburro shows students that one of the best things about reading is sharing what you have read. This book would work well for students who are learning to write biographies. You can show the video below, of an interview with Luis, as an after activity for a read aloud. A good writing activity would be for students to make a list of how they could share the books that they read.

Other reviews of Biblioburro:
Book Aunt
The Picnic Basket


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