My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Dreamscape Media Narrator: Isabel QuinteroAuthor: Isabel Quintero

From my papi I learn words like carburetor and cariño; drill and dedication.” “My papi the carpenter is covered in sawdust and smells like a hard day at work.”

But although papi is tired, he always has time for Daisy. They ride on his motorcycle around the city they know well and see a community that is changing.

Part poem, part memoir, part love letter, and part history lesson, this story, both heart felt and heartwarming, is an ode to the hardworking immigrants who have helped build this country. Quintero’s “author’s note”, gives us much to ponder: “I think about my city and all the changes its been through and all the changes that will come. Who are the people who build our cities and from our communities? Who are the people who get streets named after them, and who are the people that lay the asphalt?”

Isabel Quintero’s spare text and unadorned narration grounds the story in authenticity. Zeke Peña’s skilled illustrations add honesty and life. Kudos to the Dreamscape production team for the direction, animation, and sound design that add just the right amount of flavor to this autobiographical story.


Claire Green ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and serves as a judge on several national toy and music award committees. She champions toys, books, and media that offer children new perspectives and playful adventures in learning.

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