Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote [Book Review]

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Title: Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Author:  Duncan Tonatiuh

Age Range: 6-9

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This book tells a migrant’s tale, since myself being one, books on this topic always draw my attention. This picture book by Duncan Tonatiuh touches on the subject in a very courteous and gentle manner. It brings to light the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families who seek to make better lives for themselves and their children by leaving their home. It even has plot of the rabbit and coyote illegally crossing the border. This can lead into an educational discussion (in class or between parents and children) about immigration, which can also open up children’s eyes to what is going on in this world.

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 7.51.20 PMThe flat illustration style is very unique, like paper-cut characters stick to the background, which gives it a hand-made craft feeling, a perfect choice for a culture book. The content includes many Mexican traditional food (such as tortillas, aguamiel), tools, traditions (like papel picado, which became famous from Movie Coco) children will learn a lot about the Mexican culture.

I believe this is a book every migrant and people who are interested at immigration life should read.

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