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Kids Fiction 120
picture book inspired by a true story
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
THE STORY OF BALDOMERA is a picture book written from the perspective of Baldomera, a donkey who cares about a man Ismael. They are the best of friends. Every now and then, he would leave for a few days for work, and she would miss him terribly. Then one day he is gone for longer than expected, and she begins to imagine terrible things that have happened to him, such as being stuck in a traffic jam that spoiled the view and ruined the environment or if he was floating on a sheet of ice because the poles had warmed up and a glacier broken apart. Eventually, he returns to her, and she is thrilled to have her friend back.

What I loved: The inspiration for this book is really interesting, and although I had not seen the video before of Baldomera and Ismael being reunited, it is very cute. The illustrations are lovely, depicting the story well, and the emotions come across through the images. The story of friendship is one that will resonate with young readers.

What left me wanting more: The sudden worries around climate change were not totally clear and felt out of place with the story. This would also not be great for sensitive children, who may have similar worries when people are delayed (particularly the hospital bed). For this reason, the book may be better for older readers.

Final verdict: THE STORY OF BALDOMERA is a picture book about friendship and the joy of being reunited.
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