ROBERTO WALKS HOME by Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Jody Wheeler

October 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Based on characters inspired by Ezra Jack Keats

Younger brother Roberto is disappointed, angry and hurt when his older brother Miguel, who promises to meet him after school for a game of hoops, is a “no show.”  The reader can easily feel his angst through the sensory yet simple details in the text.  When Roberto finds his brother playing basketball with his older friends, he returns home quietly. He copes with a healthy dose of anger and fantasies, then gives Miguel “the cold shoulder,” when he arrives home. Forgiveness prevails after Miguel apologizes in a way that is expected yet personalizes each character in a genuine way.  This book continues the feeling of a great story time book written by Ezra Jack Keats, as does the urban oriented illustrations which are comprised of acrylic, crayon and collage. 


Anne Beier/Irvington Public Library and Hendrick Hudson Free Library






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