Let's Go See Papa! (Hardcover)

By Lawrence Schimel, Alba Marina Rivera (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 9781554981069, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2011



The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all it's the day her father calls. She hasn t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook every day, keeping a record of everything that happens to share with him when she finally sees him again. And she thinks about the fun they used to have when he was home taking their dog Kika to the park and buying freshly baked bread together. Then one Sunday her father asks if she and her mother would like to join him, and she's surprised by her mixed feelings. It means leaving her grandmother, her friends . . . and Kika behind.
This is a powerful story from a young child's perspective about what it's like to have an absent parent and to have to leave your home, country and those you love for a new life.

About the Author

Lawrence Schimel was born in New York in 1971. He graduated from Yale and now lives in Madrid, Spain. He s a poet, novelist, translator and essay writer. He has written over one hundred books on very different subjects for children and adults, which have been translated into many languages. He has received the Lambda Literary Award and the Rhysling Award. His book Lees un libro conmigo? was selected as one of IBBY s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities and No hay nada como el original was a White Ravens selection. Alba Marina Rivera was born in Russia in 1974, and she grew up in Cuba. When she moved to Barcelona she discovered her love for illustration, which she studied at the Escola Massana. She received the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award in the New Horizons category for her book El contador de cuentos. It was also recognized as "Los mejores libros para ninos y jovenes" (the best books for children and youth) by Venezuela s Banco del Libro and was a finalist at the Picture Book Festival in Korea."

Praise For Let's Go See Papa!

"readerswill admire the heroine’s stoicism and faith in the importance of having her family whole again." — Publisher's Weekly

"The feelings of missing a loved one are realistically conveyed and will resonate with children." School Library Journal

"Readers will enjoy deciphering the various visual elementsits themes are relevant to all children." Kirkus