A light-skinned boy travels by space ship (alongside fellow passenger aliens in a range of fascinating forms) to a distant planet for a holiday visit with his grandmother. Once he’s arrived, the two explore the area and see ancient cave paintings. When he leaves, his grandmother gives him a farewell gift of colored pencils and paper that originally belonged to his great grandfather. The boy uses these on the trip back home to record the view out the ship’s window. Clues in the illustrations show that the grandmother’s planet is Earth, and that this story is set in the future, when colored pencils and paper are unfamiliar antiquities. The art theme and those supplies connect the distant past of the cave paintings with the more recent past (our present) of the colored pencils, and the future of the story’s setting. ©2021 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Translated by Elisa Amado. Translated from the Spanish.
Groundwood, House of Anansi
Publish Year: 2020
CCBC Location: Picture Book, Buitrago