From My Window

by Otavio Junior (Author) Vanina Starkoff (Illustrator)

From My Window
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
What do you see from your window? This #OwnVoices picture book from Brazil offers a first-hand view of what children growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janiero see everyday. A vibrant and diverse celebration of urban community living, brought to life by unique, colorful illustrations that juxtapose brick buildings with lush jungle plants.
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Starred Review

Júnior, a writer who grew up in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, has created a loving tribute to his home. When the narrator, a boy, looks out his window, he sees almost fluorescent hues covering the hillside: brightly patterned curtains and laundry on the clotheslines, splashes of tropical foliage, wandering felines, and flocks of white birds. He also sees a community forged by tight proximity, ingenuity, and pride, even amid violence ("I hear sounds that make me very sad. Sometimes I can't go to school or play ball outside"). People stroll and ride through the labyrinth of passageways; "Ola" floats through the air in dialogue balloons; and neighbors crowd into makeshift wading pools ("to make the day cooler"). Conversations crisscross the homes via string and tin can "telephones," and the chatter "turns into funk, turns into rhyme, turns into poetry." Digitized acrylic paintings by Starkoff are an artfully composed quilt of colors and activity; they combine the sweep of a grand mural with intimate, relatable moments of fun, joy, and resilience, and provide plenty for young readers to notice and appreciate. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Guided Reading Level
Barefoot Books
Publication date
March 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV030040 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Caribbean & Latin America
Library of Congress categories
City and town life
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro

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