Francisco lives in the Dominican Republic and sometimes rides Duarti, the donkey that his fisherman father takes to market....

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FRANCISCO

Francisco lives in the Dominican Republic and sometimes rides Duarti, the donkey that his fisherman father takes to market. When his father goes off to a sick grandmother and leaves Francisco in charge, the little boy has a hard time feeding his family until he thinks of Duarti--and rushes to the beach to offer donkey rides to tourists at ten centavos each. Even more rudimentary than Jean George's The Wentletrap Trap, the story sounds like something filed away under Island Child (Male)--Plot Type B. But lsadora brings it to life with her fetchingly detailed and textured black-and-white illustrations--rich patterns of waves and sand and shells, a stylish strip of palm trees, a bustling outdoor market seen in small-scale panorama, and a hero as engaging as Max in his own pensive way.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 1978

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1978