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Children's Fiction Parents

Let's Go See Papa

by (author) Lawrence Schimel

illustrated by Alba Rivera

translated by Elisa Amado

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Category
Parents, New Experience, Emigration & Immigration
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554981069
    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
    List Price
    $18.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773068015
    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price
    $10.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773067919
    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all -- it’s the day her father calls. She hasn’t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook every day, keeping a record of everything that happens to share with him when she finally sees him again. Then one Sunday her father asks if she and her mother would like to join him, and she’s surprised by her mixed feelings. It means leaving her grandmother, her friends … and her dog, Kika, behind.

This is a powerful story from a young child’s perspective about what it’s like to have an absent parent and to have to leave your home, country and those you love for a new life.

About the authors

Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 70 books in many genres, including four anthologies for Arsenal Pulp Press, all co-edited with Richard Labonte: The Future Is Queer (2006), the Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer (2007), its sequel Second Person Queer (2009), and I Like It Like That (2009). His other books include Lambda winner PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality (with Carol Queen), The Drag Queen of Elfland, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and Things Invisible to See: Lesbian and Gay Tales of Magic Realism. Formerly of New York, he has lived in Madrid, Spain since 1999.

 

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Alba Marina Rivera was born in Russia in 1974, and she grew up in Cuba. When she moved to Barcelona she discovered her love for illustration, which she studied at the Escola Massana. She received the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award in the New Horizons category for her book El contador de cuentos. It was also recognized as "Los mejores libros para ninos y jovenes" (the best books for children and youth) by Venezuela's Banco del Libro and was a finalist at the Picture Book Festival in Korea.

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Editorial Reviews

Most youngsters will understand the daunting prospect of a big move . . . and listeners may find the girl's emotional growth both familiar and reassuring.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Readers will enjoy deciphering the various visual elements...its themes are relevant to all children.

Kirkus

...honest and compelling text...Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine

The feelings of missing a loved one are realistically conveyed and will resonate with children.

School Library Journal

...completely original...

The Horn Book Magazine

...readers...will admire the heroine’s stoicism and faith in the importance of having her family whole again.

Publisher's Weekly

The story provides parents and teachers a different context for talking with young learners about paid jobs, the labor that goes into caring for family members, and the costs of giving up time with family in order to spend time working away from home.

Rutgers

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