Nacho, a rare pitacoche bird, lives in a mesquite tree at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. He is a lovely but lonely bird, and when the swallows arrive in spring, he enjoys life like he's never known it before. In the fall, his friends must fly south, and he is lonely again, uncertain that they will return. He wants to do whatever he can to assure they come back to the Mission.
The story is one about love and friendship that even young children can understand. The illustrations are fabulous and keep young listener's attention while you read long narrative passages.
Our preschooler was most enchanted by Nacho's colors and ultimate transformation. She immediately wanted a second reading.
This is a beautifully illustrated and beautifully told story. The author provides some background on the story, and you, like her, wish that the story is true. Although not touted as an adoption book, there are elements of the story you can build on to expand this to an adoption story.
This is a picture book built around a Mexican legend.
With older children, you can expand beyond the literal story to explaining myths and oral history. For younger children, it's a story of selfless friendship.
9 to 13
4 to 8
Read with 4-year-old child.
Buy. The story is expansive and will interest children of all ages. The tale is soothing and positive without being 'gushy.'