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Papá and Me - Arthur Dorros, 2008    PAPÁ AND ME

by Arthur Dorros
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
(HarperCollins Rayo, 2008)

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When I'm with my papá, I can fly like an eagle, an águila.
I can climb alto, high, in a tree,
And I am the ganador, the winner, of many races.
When I am with my papá, I hear the best cuentos, stories,
and I give him the biggest abrazos, hugs.

An award-winning book about the close bond between father and son.


  • Pura Belpré Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Book


"Makes an ordinary day seem extraordinary. Their special bond will resonate with children and parents, wherever they live and whatever their language." —School Library Journal

"From the time they wake up in the morning, a Latino boy ad his father have fun. Exuberant unframed double-page pictures celebrate the loving connection between parent and child." —Booklist

"The text, mostly written in English, flows effortlessly. Gutierrez' art, meanwhile, spectacularly spotlights the close relationship between father and son." —Washington Post

"Dynamic, energetic, larger than life." —Kirkus

Story behind the story

First as a son, now as a father, I have seen and walked on both sides of the street. I was lucky to have a great father, and a great son. This story is based on feelings from both those relationships, and some of the experiences as well. When my son was little, we called him Agua Man. May you enjoy splashing along in your own relationships.

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