- Wini Ashooh
"Crossing the street Papa says 'La mano' and he takes my hand." The love between a father and his son is apparent in Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros. The strong bond between them leaps from the colorfully illustrated pages of this book. As they begin their morning and make breakfast together and head to the bus, they revel in the joy of a simple day.
While making breakfast together, they invent a "special food." "Sabroso" they declare, delicious, as they taste the eggs and pancakes. The book uses both English and Spanish to tell the simple story. The characters are happy and they move between English and Spanish effortlessly.
On the way to catch the bus the boy stops to climb a tree and the father warns "Cuidado", be careful. The father stops to watch a bird in the sky and the boy shares the experience with his father. Their easy pace gives the reader a sense of calm and wonder. There is no rushing on this day. They are enjoying each other's company as they walk through the park and wait at the bus stop.
The illustrations are lively and colorful. They support and enhance the simple story. The story culminates with the boy and his father arriving at the home of relatives. The swirling colors and placement of a heart suggest a warm love between all of the members of this family. It is a warm and engaging story. This is one to be shared with a child or a group of children. This is a universal story about the love of family no matter what language you speak.