Mi papá es un agrícola/My Father, the Farm Worker

Lil’ Libros. Aug. 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781948066754. BL.
PreS-Gr 2–A child shares his father’s routine as he works every day as an agrícola, a farm worker. His father rises early and helps in the kitchen before heading to work, where he spends many hours harvesting fruits and vegetables that will be enjoyed by families near and far. The father works no matter the weather, whether hot or cold or rainy, his body enduring and his hands showing signs of his hard work. He encourages his fellow farm workers, and although they don’t speak of it, the children see their father’s sacrifices, as they are shown older on the last spread—having obtained more opportunities thanks to their father. Dark blues and dark reds and oranges create the environment in each spread—whether a scorching day or a cool night—with bold black lines outlining the fields and workers. Each spread has lines of text in English and Spanish, with each sentence a poetic tribute to the father and to hard working and often underappreciated farm workers everywhere.
VERDICT A lovely and much-needed addition to bilingual picture book collections.

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