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Two White Rabbits

by Jairo Buitrago, translated by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

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Description

In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the US border.

They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey.

As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the US border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.

About the Authors

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) and Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist). 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 lives in Mexico City.

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Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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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.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Commended, Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

Older readers will appreciate the allegory, and younger ones the simplicity of this spare immigration tale.

— Booklist

This simple, yet poignant picture book beautifully illustrates the life of one migrating family. . . . An important and timely picture book.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Hope and hardship coexist in this haunting look at refugees fleeing home in hopes of a safer, more secure life.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

A masterpiece of understatement. In leaving readers with much to wonder about, the book packs the most powerful of punches.

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Two White Rabbits belongs on bookshelves everywhere: it’s an extraordinary, compelling first step to understanding and empathy, and a persuasive teaching tool to inspire effective doing.

— BookDragon

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