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Overview

Our hero travels all alone on a spaceship, through the universe, past galaxies, comets and planets to go visit his grandmother on Earth for the summer holidays. She takes him to visit an ancient cave, where he discovers handprints and drawings of unknown animals made by human beings, just like him. To top off his wonderful holiday she gives him mysterious objects which once belonged to his grandfather — paper and crayons. On the way home he draws what he saw on his travels — to the amazement of his fellow passengers.

Jairo Buitrago’s story reminds us of what remains as everything changes. Rafael Yockteng’s fabulous art, a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, presents us a wonderful, diverse future in which space travel is common, though knowledge of the past is still a secret treasure to be discovered.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773061726
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and Lion and Mouse (two starred reviews). They won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY’s Honor List. Their books have also appeared on “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo has also won the Hispanoamericano Castillo prize for children’s literature. He lives in Mexico City.


Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.


Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Cave Paintings:

Commended CCBC Choices, 2021

“Celebrated collaborators deliver another thoughtful delight, revealing how ‘making marks’ links us across time and space.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An ode to the endless possibilities of art, a celebration of open borders, and a reverence for the contributions of our collective ancestors.” — Horn Book, starred review

"Cave Paintings is an intergalactic triumph sure to inspire wonder and creativity.” — CM Review of Materials

“This book… demonstrat[es] that there is both joy to be found in the mundane and wonder to be found in the infinite expanse of the universe.” — School Library Journal

“[A] subtle message about conservation for the next generation.” — Foreword Reviews

“Yockteng juggles different styles of artwork with ease—magisterial views of whirling galaxies, pen-and-ink-style drawings of the boy’s time with his grandmother, the cave art itself, and childlike sketches on the new pad all offer scope for the imagination.” — Publishers Weekly

"As with their other picture books … the team of Buitrago and Yockteng, with Amado translating, have created another outstanding story that will resonate with the youngest readers and listeners." — De Colores Blog

“If the goal of reading books is to transport you to another world and to broaden your understanding of your own, this book is a hit.” — Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf Blog

“This accomplished and thoughtful team continue to create wonder with their stories.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Lion and Mouse:

“Jairo Buitrago’s retelling of the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” is likely to have early readers giggling with glee …. The entertaining text and superb illustrations combine to spark new life in this old tale of kindness, compassion and friendship.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

“An intelligent glimpse at how a friendship between unlikely candidates might be possible. A stellar addition for all collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“A grand, morally opulent retelling with a message for our age.” — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for On the Other Side of the Garden:

“Simply outstanding” — Kirkus, starred review

“Buitrago and Yockteng (Walk with Me) imagine the kinds of comfort that might console Isabel most, and readers share in the beginning of her healing.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A subtle and affecting journey to resilience.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for author Jairo Buitrago and illustrator Rafael Yockteng for Walk with Me:

“Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways.” — Kirkus, starred review

“With guided discussion, youngsters can see beyond the deceptive simplicity of this poignant story. A strong choice for all collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“The duo behind Two White Rabbits returns with another compassionate portrait of a child negotiating difficult circumstances with grace.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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