The Pasteboard Bandit

The Pasteboard Bandit

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In this delightful children's tale, an American boy, Kenny Strange, moves to the quiet Mexican town of Taxco with his parents and strikes up a friendship with young Juanito Perez, a Taxco native. The two boys are brought together by an enchanting toy, the pasteboard bandit Tito. Chosen by Juanito at a town fair from among the other pasteboard toys, Tito, with his colorful clothes and bright eyes, becomes Juanito's and Kenny's constant companion, and the threesome share many adventures in and around the town's rolling green hills. The boys' growing friendship, Kenny's introduction to a culture unlike his own, and Tito's witty reflections on being a toy will be recognized instantly by anyone young or old who has ever made a friend or imagined that a toy might be real. Originally written in 1935, but never before published, The Pasteboard Bandit grew out of several trips Langston Hughes made to Mexico during his lifetime. Hughes first went to the town of Toluca at age 5 to visit his father, and again when he was older. During these visits, Hughes met many writers and artists, and it is their influence that informs the story of The Pasteboard Bandit--a story of two cultures meeting. When Hughes left Mexico for the last time, at age 32, he was carrying the first draft for The Pasteboard Bandit."show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 93 pages
  • 208.3 x 251.5 x 15.2mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations (some colour)
  • 0195114760
  • 9780195114768

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"Hughes and Bontemps successfully capture the lush Mexican culture with all its sights and sounds. Turley's vivid, Mexican-inspired illustrations pair nicely with this warmhearted story.... Sure to charm children and adults."--MultiCultural Review"Makes a sincere and convincing appeal for racial tolerance, presented to readers within a parable of family love and childhood imagination.... The poetic voices of Bontemps and Hughes sound a call for cultural exchange that remains compelling.... Written with foresight and poetic skill, The Pasteboard Bandit affirms the idealsim of its authors, encouraging all of us to dream of a world without prejudice."--Hungry Mind Review"The Mexican setting is authentic and joyful, from food and scenery to language and pinatas; and Turley's gorgeously colored acrylic illustrations evoke Mexican folk art and murals."--Booklist"A fanciful, lyrical piece about two boys, one Mexican, one white American, and the toy figure of a bandit that the boys make their friend."--The New York Times"While the book may be of historical value to scholars, children in grade 4 will enjoy the gentle story of the boys' games and summertime adventures."--Library Talk"The winsome tale of the friendship that flourishes between a Mexican boy and a boy from America has a timely message for today's youngsters.... The authors focus on such child-pleasing topics as holidays, food, and learning to communicate, as the boys teach each other key words in Spanish and English--while gently underscoring the importance of tolerance, self-esteem, and sharing. Exploding with vivid colors and fanciful patterns, Turley's full-bleed stylized paintings have a playful, collage-like quality.... It's easy to believe that Bontemps and Hughes would be delighted with this animated volume--and that readers will be, too."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Sincerely drawn and appealing.... Tito is a good soldier, patient when the boys leave him behind in their play, and brave when, in a little pasteboard way, he rescues Juanito and Kenny when they become trapped in an abandoned mine.... A lot of fun."--The Horn Book Magazineshow more

About Arna Bontemps

Arna Bontemps (1902-1973) was born in Louisiana and grew up in California. He moved to New York City in 1923, and it was there that he met Langston Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance writers. Bontemps is known as one or our major African-American poets, but he is also credited with making black folklore and literature available to the public through his anthologies and through his work as a historian, librarian, and teacher at several American universities. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio. He moved to New York City and lived on 127th Street in Harlem for most of his adult life. One of the most versatile writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes wrote poetry, plays, essays, novels, and short stories. Peggy Turley has a B.A. in history from the University of Memphis, where she studied painting and photography. She lives in Memphis and and is the illustrator of Armadillo Ray. Cheryl A. Wall is Professor of English at Rutgers more

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