Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez
Mr. Rodriguez strolls through the neighborhood every day at four o’clock sharp. The children watch, wide-eyed, as curiosity surges through their small statures. This mysterious man has mesmerized them for days. One day, he ties angelic wings onto an injured cat’s limbs. The next, he places a wounded dog in a sled after it conveys its dire need. Then, one day, as the children wait with sizable anticipation for his coming, they discover this day will be different from the last. His presence will not be among them. Something has happened to this gentle man and the creatures for which he cared; they have all ascended to a place of eternal happiness and comfort: the vast heavenly world.
Bon Voyage, Mr. Rodriguez is an exquisitely crafted book that beautifully tells the story of a man of unique character who lends a hand to those in need. They, like he, are easily overlooked by those too busy to stop and acknowledge their existence. The sweet innocence of young onlookers allows them to open their eyes to the gift this man is. This poignant message is intricately woven through the pages of this brilliantly written and gorgeously illustrated tale. The author leaves much to the imagination and inference of her readers, allowing them to put the pieces of the puzzle together on their own. Multiple readings will likely help them gain the greatest insight. This story is ideal for young children who have lost someone important in their lives. A comforting light on the concept of death illuminates its pages.
|Page Count||32 pages|
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