Back of Book:
Little alpaca Pati has a beautiful coat of fur that is the envy of the other alpacas. Pati loves to adorn her fur with velvet bows, sparkly hair clips, and flower headbands. When she learns that she will have to lose her coat in the spring, she is heartbroken. She doesn’t want to give up what makes her beautiful, so she runs away to the city. Upon arriving, Pati is amazed by the many vibrant goods for sale at the market. She realizes that her alpaca fur is used to make everything and decides that she must give up her coat to keep the villagers warm.
I received a copy of this picture book from Running Press Kids in exchange for an honest review.
The story follows a young alpaca from Peru named Pati who loves to adorn herself with ribbons and bows. She often would look at her reflection and think about how beautiful she was. One day she realizes that her beautiful fleece will be sheered and given to the villagers. At first, Pati is devastated with the news. It isn’t until she realizes how much her fleece will help the people that Pati has a true change of heart. Tracey Kyle has beautifully woven a story with the theme that is being better to give than to receive. She also shows readers that true beauty comes from the insides and not the outsides. The Spanish words sprinkled within the text are a nice addition to the story. The rhyming scheme allows readers to follow along easily with the story. The illustrations by Yoss Sanchez are filled with warm and bright colors. The details on each page draw the readers into the culture and tradition of Peru. The back of the book has a glossary page, as well as a list of facts about alpacas. This is a terrific story to tie in any social and emotional theme of generosity and sharing.
Ages 5 and up