Digging for Words José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

digging for words

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia who started a library with a single discarded book found on his route.

In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays-- that's the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure . . . books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José;. Others take a bit more digging. Ever since he found his first book, "Anna Karenina", years earlier, he's been collecting books--thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones-- to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little Jose run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder.

With an evocative text by a debut author, and rich, stunning illustrations from an up-and-coming Colombian illustrator, here is a celebration of perseverance, community, and the power of books.---from the publisher

40 pages                            978-1984892638                            Ages 4-8

Keywords:  garbage collector, community helper, library, role of the individual, power of the individual, Latin American History, South America, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, perseverance, community, books

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