Take a hike with this father-daughter adventure that’s sure to inspire you to get outside.
When a young child reminds her dad about the hike they planned, her father is hesitant —To the tippy top? It’s a great day to watch futbol (soccer). But as the two climb on, her enthusiasm is contagious. Filled with setbacks, surprises, and stunning views, this warm and humorous story highlights in vivid colors the bonding power of a shared experience. A list of creatures at the end prompts a second look for keen-eyed readers to make discoveries of their own.
Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara (co-creators of The Field) have teamed up again! Baptiste’s humorous and tender text, with a sprinkling of Creole words straight from the Pitons, and Jacqueline Alcántara’s vibrant and evocative illustrations capture the wonder and emotions experienced on the trail and the special relationship between a parent and a child.
Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born children’s book author. He is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys sharing stories of his experiences with anyone who will listen. His debut picture book,The Field, was inspired by his childhood in St Lucia, and received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. Baptiste’s stories are fueled by his passion for diversity, inclusion, and uninhibited jwe (play).
Jacqueline Alcántara is a children’s picture book illustrator. Her debut picture book, The Field, written by Baptiste Paul, received 3 starred reviews and won the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and also appeared on the Horn Book Fanfare Best of 2018, the School Library Journal Best of 2018, and the CCBC 2018 Choices lists. Jacqueline’s favorite days are spent drawing, painting, writing, and walking her dog. She lives in Chicago, and her other titles include Freedom Soup, Jump at the Sun, and Your Mama.
The colorful illustrations work well on many levels...Paul and Alcántara...now lead viewers on a memorable excursion, captured in this vibrant picture book.
Booklist STARRED review
The art depicting the tropics is colorful and lush. This is a lovely father-daughter story for the shelves, about an adventure that ends up surprising them both.
Joan Kindig, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA, School Library Journal
A lovely—and needed—book about the rewards of persistence and Black people enjoying nature.
The story, with all the familiar beats of give and take between parent and child, delivers on the promise of a great hike. The banter is spot-on, and the duo’s feeling of accomplishment radiates off the page. A story of perseverance, this is a nice additional purchase for shelves about the outdoors or about relationships.
Katie Callahan, School Library Journal, digital review
...the creators’ combined efforts create a father-child adventure that readily engages.
The adventurous duo encourages each other in Creole, and the accompanying English text makes for easy reading, as does its spacious, verse-like placement amid the rich, full-bleed illustrations.
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