The Kite

The Kite

by Luis Garay
     
 
Young Francisco and his mother are very poor. Francisco rises at dawn to deliver newspapers in the marketplace. One day he sees a kite hanging in one of the crowded stalls, and he knows he has found his heart’s desire. He longs for the beautiful kite that could fly free in the blue sky far above the squalid city in which he lives. It seems that he will have to

Overview

Young Francisco and his mother are very poor. Francisco rises at dawn to deliver newspapers in the marketplace. One day he sees a kite hanging in one of the crowded stalls, and he knows he has found his heart’s desire. He longs for the beautiful kite that could fly free in the blue sky far above the squalid city in which he lives. It seems that he will have to put off his dream because his mother is expecting a baby, and every penny he earns will soon be needed. But sometimes, through love, dreams do come true.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A beautiful contradiction exists between the massive, stiff figures caught and frozen in action, and the vibrant flat backgrounds that move the eye across the page…The straightforward telling moves quickly, and is told in language that can easily be read aloud.”
School Library Journal

“…charmingly presented…The uniquely textured art superbly complements the simple, straightforward storytelling style in this excellent, highly recommended story for school and community library picturebook collections.”
Children’s Bookwatch

“…a heart-warming, beautifully illustrated story that in words and pictures captures daily life in the barrio…[Garay’s] beautiful illustrations bring the sites and sounds of the barrio to life in a unique and wonderful way.”
Books

“Garay’s distinctive style draws on the heritage of Latin American art…[giving] his characters a simplicity and a monumentality that honours and dignifies their lives.”
Children’s Book News

“…this story far surpasses the label of ‘social isues’ literature. It has all the elements of an excellent story – tension, pathos, well-drawn characters, arresting dialogue. Straightforward prose is peppered with poetic images…The themes are universal and timeless, inviting discussion on many levels. Garay’s distinctive paintings glow with vibrant tropical colours… The Kite is highly recommended for libraries, classrooms, and personal book collections.”
Quill & Quire

“[There is] visual magic [in] this tender and beautiful story…Poignant and beautiful.”
The Standard

“…a glimpse into a completely different culture…Garay’s full-page paintings are full of vibrant colours that help bring Francisco’s world alive…[this] book could expand a child’s horizon as well as entertain with a good story.”
Winnipeg Free Press

Children's Literature
Francisco must sell newspapers in the Nicaragua market after his father's death so that he can earn enough money for himself, his mother, and the expected baby to eat. The beautiful kite he longs for seems an impossible dream, but he takes joy in the safe arrival of his sister and gains hope from the reward of the kite for a more promising future. The illustrations and text are on facing pages, making the pictures like snapshots describing bits of Francisco's life. The textured paintings, emphasizing the solidity of characters and objects, show the busy town, the neighborhood, and the delights of the toy store while depicting the life of poverty of so many. 2002, Tundra Books,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Since his father's death, Francisco's small earnings are essential for the family's livelihood. Each morning he has three wishes: that he will sell all of his papers in the marketplace; that his mother's baby will be born soon; and that the kite that he longs for will still be hanging in Se-or Gonz lez's toy stall. Even though he can't afford it, he wants the kite because it reminds him of happier times, and he realizes that his new sibling will have no memories of their father unless he provides them. The arrival of his sister is a joyous occasion, but everyday life and work must continue, and his responsible behavior does not go unnoticed. Se-or Gonz lez gives him the kite in honor of the baby's birth and the boy's hard work. The bright florescent colors create the warmth and vitality of a Latin American marketplace. A beautiful contradiction exists between the massive, stiff figures caught and frozen in action, and the vibrant flat backgrounds that move the eye across the page. Each painting tells the story that is related on the adjacent page. Francisco's poverty, his simple pleasures, and the small rewards evoke admiration for a boy who finds joy in his life. The straightforward telling moves quickly, and is told in language that can easily be read aloud.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887765032
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Luis Garay was born in Granada, Nicaragua, where he studied art. His books, including Pedrito’s Day and The Long Road, illustrate his interest in Latin America, and especially the social issues of the people who live there. Now living in Toronto, he visits Nicaragua at least once a year.

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