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Buitrago, Jairo

On the Other Side of the Garden

(2) K-3 Translated by Elisa Amado. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. An owl, a frog, and a mouse lead city girl Isabel into the garden on her first night at her grandmother's country house. There she discovers small truths about her new environment and larger truths about her family situation. Buitrago's first-person narrative, full of sensory details, works with Yockteng's illustrations (scratches of white on a blue background that blossom into full color) to establish a profound sense of mystery and quietude.


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