Reviews for Digging for words Jose´ alberto gutie´rrez and the library he built. [electronic resource] :

Kirkus
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The story of Jos Alberto Gutirrez, a garbage collector who built a library for his neighborhood in the city of Bogot, Colombia, out of books he collected on his route through the wealthier neighborhoods of the city.Proving the old saying that one persons trash is another persons treasure, Gutirrez searched the household trash for hidden treasurebooks! Caught up in the first book he found long agoAnna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoyand read over and over again and realizing the strength to be found in words, he eventually created a library out of his findings. In parallel, the book tells the story of a fictional boy, also named Jos, who counts the days until it is Saturday, when he and the other children in the neighborhood can enter ParadiseGutirrezs library. Illustrator Escobar beautifully captures the distinctive architecture of a working-class neighborhood in Bogot as well as its multiethnic and varied inhabitants. Readers will be transported through the artwork into the settings of some of the books mentioned, from the ballrooms of faraway Russia through the magical village of Macondo, with its yellow butterflies, and on to Treasure Island and the Little Princes planet. In the aftermatter, readers learn that today Gutirrez also directs a foundation he created that provides reading materials to schools, organizations, and libraries across Colombia.The inspiring story of a man who believes in the power of books and the importance of community. (Picture book/biography. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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The story of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector who built a library for his neighborhood in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, out of books he collected on his route through the wealthier neighborhoods of the city. Proving the old saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, Gutiérrez searched “the household trash for hidden treasure…books!” Caught up in the first book he found long ago—Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy—and read over and over again and realizing the strength to be found in words, he eventually created a library out of his findings. In parallel, the book tells the story of a fictional boy, also named José, who counts the days until it is Saturday, when he and the other children in the neighborhood can enter Paradise—Gutiérrez’s library. Illustrator Escobar beautifully captures the distinctive architecture of a working-class neighborhood in Bogotá as well as its multiethnic and varied inhabitants. Readers will be transported through the artwork into the settings of some of the books mentioned, from the ballrooms of faraway Russia through “the magical village” of Macondo, with its yellow butterflies, and on to Treasure Island and the Little Prince’s planet. In the aftermatter, readers learn that today Gutiérrez also directs a foundation he created that “provides reading materials to schools, organizations, and libraries across Colombia.” The inspiring story of a man who believes in the power of books and the importance of community. (Picture book/biography. 4-8) Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Horn Book
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Kunkel and Escobar (illustrator of Planting Stories, rev. 1/19) present the lives of "two Joses." One is a child, known as Little Jose, living in La Nueva Gloria barrio in Colombia; the other is his neighbor, Senor Jose, the real-life Jose Alberto Gutierrez, whose love of literacy inspired him to construct a community library at the turn of the twenty-first century. While the city of Bogota sleeps, Senor Jose, a trash collector, uses his route to look for "hidden treasure...books!" Kunkel's implied metaphor -- one person's trash is another's treasure -- neatly structures this picture-book biography. Senor Jose rescues discarded books, and Little Jose can't wait to read them on Saturdays when the doors to "Paradise" (i.e., Gutierrez's community library) open wide. Escobar's spacious digital illustrations alternate single pages (including characters' side-by-side perspectives), spot images, and double-page spreads, whose muted cool blue tones and predominant vertical lines offer sweeping panoramic scapes of Bogota's streets and silhouetted mountains. Some of the images reflect readers' imaginary worlds (references to One Hundred Years of Solitude, Anna Karenina, and The Little Prince), capturing the unique experience that literature offers the mind. An author's note, "Featured Books," and websites are appended. (c) Copyright 2021. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus
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The story of Jos Alberto Gutirrez, a garbage collector who built a library for his neighborhood in the city of Bogot, Colombia, out of books he collected on his route through the wealthier neighborhoods of the city.Proving the old saying that one persons trash is another persons treasure, Gutirrez searched the household trash for hidden treasurebooks! Caught up in the first book he found long agoAnna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoyand read over and over again and realizing the strength to be found in words, he eventually created a library out of his findings. In parallel, the book tells the story of a fictional boy, also named Jos, who counts the days until it is Saturday, when he and the other children in the neighborhood can enter ParadiseGutirrezs library. Illustrator Escobar beautifully captures the distinctive architecture of a working-class neighborhood in Bogot as well as its multiethnic and varied inhabitants. Readers will be transported through the artwork into the settings of some of the books mentioned, from the ballrooms of faraway Russia through the magical village of Macondo, with its yellow butterflies, and on to Treasure Island and the Little Princes planet. In the aftermatter, readers learn that today Gutirrez also directs a foundation he created that provides reading materials to schools, organizations, and libraries across Colombia.The inspiring story of a man who believes in the power of books and the importance of community. (Picture book/biography. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Kirkus
Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

The story of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector who built a library for his neighborhood in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, out of books he collected on his route through the wealthier neighborhoods of the city. Proving the old saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, Gutiérrez searched “the household trash for hidden treasure…books!” Caught up in the first book he found long ago—Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy—and read over and over again and realizing the strength to be found in words, he eventually created a library out of his findings. In parallel, the book tells the story of a fictional boy, also named José, who counts the days until it is Saturday, when he and the other children in the neighborhood can enter Paradise—Gutiérrez’s library. Illustrator Escobar beautifully captures the distinctive architecture of a working-class neighborhood in Bogotá as well as its multiethnic and varied inhabitants. Readers will be transported through the artwork into the settings of some of the books mentioned, from the ballrooms of faraway Russia through “the magical village” of Macondo, with its yellow butterflies, and on to Treasure Island and the Little Prince’s planet. In the aftermatter, readers learn that today Gutiérrez also directs a foundation he created that “provides reading materials to schools, organizations, and libraries across Colombia.” The inspiring story of a man who believes in the power of books and the importance of community. (Picture book/biography. 4-8) Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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