Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter

By Jeanette Winter

Luis likes to learn, yet quickly his apartment in Colombia is so jam-packed with books there is slightly room for the relatives. What to do? Then he comes up with definitely the right solution--a touring library! He buys donkeys--Alfa and Beto--and travels with them through the land, bringing books and studying to the kids in far off villages. appealing! entire with an author's observe in regards to the genuine guy on whom this tale relies.

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Gloria tells Negi about menstruation, which scares and unnerves her. Jenny, one of Negi’s cousins, is a spoiled only child. Negi is jealous of the attention and toys she receives. When she gets a bicycle, they all want to ride on it, and Negi’s youngest brother, Raymond, gets his foot caught in the chain. Everyone blames Jenny, causing Negi to be jealous even of the negative attention her cousin receives. Raymond’s foot does not heal and the doctors say he will be physically disabled for life. Papi grows more distant, and the family moves back to Santurce.

When the family permanently moves to New York, Negi recognizes the moment as one that changes not only her life but her identity, her sense of who she is, forever. First, they are leaving behind their father. She knows that she will never live with him again and worries that he will forget about her. Just as impactful is Negi’s separation from her native country. She realizes that she is leaving Puerto Rico behind and feels she will never again be able to identify herself as Puerto Rican. Coming of Age Tied in with these competing cultural and geographic influences is the confusion Negi expresses about love and adulthood.

At first, Mami goes with her but gradually Carla walks the mile and catches the bus on her own. She does not tell her mother that each day the boys at school gang up on her at recess, calling her “spic” and pulling her socks down and her shirt up to expose her barely developed chest. She is filled with embarrassment at her own body and her own foreignness. Then one day, as she is walking home, a man motions her over to his car. Eager to be of help and thinking he needs directions, she approaches.

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