Guest Review by “Justin Lowmaster” i.e My Husband…
Rancho Rabbit is a book that, as advertised, takes a look at illegal immigration in a way that is understandable for kids, and takes the form of a fable. The art of the book has a Mayan or Aztec look to it befitting a fable.
The story is about a rabbit from The South who goes in search of his father who has gone to work in The North. The story covers the dangers of the elements, those who would ‘help’ people cross the border – for a cost, and of betrayal.
What I do like about this story is that it doesn’t really take a stance on the issue. It is a sensitive issue that a good portion of children, especially those who leave in states bordering Mexico, or live in Mexico, may hear about, or know people or are related to people who have or are currently dealing with it. If the story took a heavy handed and preachy stance for any side of the issue, it would confuse the story and take away from the facts.
There is a section in the back that has some personal and statistical information provided by the author, Duncan Tonatiuh. I think he has a sober outlook on the situation, that the issue is multifaceted and there are problems on both sides of the border, from poor conditions in Mexico, to exploitation in America of workers who don’t have legal status. It’s a tough issue.
As I said, the book takes a fairly neutral stance on the issue, which is perfect to open a dialogue with a child. It doesn’t solve the issue, but maybe if our future generations think about the issues now, they will be able to have a positive change in the future. Also, when we read the story to our kids, and that when we voice our concerns or thoughts on the matter, we will remember that the issue involves real people, with real troubles, and not just some ambiguous ‘them’ from ‘over there’.
Interested in Purchasing? Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale is available for pre-order on the Kindle as well as in Hard Cover Format. Overall my family and I believe this would a be great book for schools and libraries. Best suited for children around the age of 6-9 years old.
Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review from Abrams Books. This review is 100% our opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.