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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Hardcover)

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"When Papa Rabbit doesn't arrive home as expected, little Pancho hits the road with his father's favorite foods in tow. With no one to guide him but a hungry coyote, he must part with his father's precious mole, his rice and beans, his tortillas, and his refreshing aguamiel in turn to keep the coyote at bay. When he runs out of food to offer, it looks bad for little Pancho until some unexpected help arrives. This expressive fable from author / illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh powerfully illustrates the challenges of the migrant experience." 

— Meghan G.

About the Author

Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His books have received many awards over the years. He currently lives in San Miguel with his wife and children but travels to the US often.

Praise For…

"Tonatiuh’s great strength is in the text. No word is wasted, as each emotion is clearly and poignantly expressed. The rabbits’ future is unknown, but their love and faith in each other sustains them through it all. Accessible for young readers, who may be drawn to it as they would a classic fable; perfect for mature readers and the classroom, where its layers of truth and meaning can be peeled back to be examined and discussed. An incandescent, humane and terribly necessary addition to the immigrant-story shelf."

— Kirkus Reviews


"In both prose and art, Tonatiuh expertly balances folkloric elements with stark, modern realities; Pancho Rabbit’s trip has the feel of a classic fable or fairy tale, with the untrustworthy coyote demanding more and more of him."

— Publishers Weekly

"The book shows the fragility of making a living, the desperation that many migrants experience, and the deep family ties that bind the characters. Classrooms studying the migrant experience will find plenty to discuss here."

— School Library Journal

“This will spark strong responses and needed discussion.”

— Booklist

"Tonatiuh is so careful in weaving his allegory that his empathetic contemporary tale feels like age-old folklore, with simple but compelling text and a step-by-step escalation of the story through gripping, kid-understandable challenges."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419705830
ISBN-10: 1419705830
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English