The Story of Baldomera by Enrique G. Ballesteros & Ismael F. Arias, illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio. NubeOcho, 9788418133695, 2021.
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact around the world; this story was inspired by a short video that went viral from the hills of Spain. Ismael would often visit a burro named Baldomera on his walks until lockdown prevented him from going out to the hillside.
The story gives us Baldomera’s point of view, wondering where Ismael is and also how events have changed so that even a burro would notice—less traffic, less pollution…then one day after weeks of looking for Ismael, he returns and Baldomera is so happy she hee haws her way into everyone’s heart.
Arias has done a lovely job with the illustrations. There is a vintage feel to the artwork that fits the story extremely well.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a wonderful read aloud for kindergarten and up especially if you share the video, too.
Who should buy this book? Children’s libraries and elementary school libraries will want to have this book to share with their young readers.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Absolutely, but Google for the video first, then enjoy the book.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Malden Public Schools, Malden, MA
Date of review: April 3, 2021