Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh was ordered the same day Diego started to ask questions about immigration. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass us by. We were already huge fans of Tonatiuh’s other great books! This one is an allegory, perfect for elementary age children. We meet Pancho Rabbit and quickly understand he and his family are waiting for the return of his father from working in the fields up north. Papá Rabbit doesn’t arrive as scheduled and Pancho sets out to look for him.
Not long after his journey begins, Pancho Rabbit meets a Coyote who promises to lead the way and reunite Pancho with his father. The trip is dangerous and costly for Pancho. They travel on top of a train, across a river and even through an underground tunnel. Pancho Rabbit soon learns there is more to worry about as he gets closer to his father.
The picture book intrigued my son and even gave me goose bumps! I am so grateful that authors like Tonatiuh are writing to tell these true tales. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is age appropriate and goes as far to include an author’s note full with immigration facts, references and websites for further information, and even a glossary (because there are lots of Spanish words included, of course!).
This book is essential. Migration stories are significant. Our kids understanding and knowing is powerful. Please pick it up!
Have you read Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote to your kids? What did you all think? Click HERE to visit Dunan Tonatiuh’s web page.
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