Author: Meza, Esteli
When Conejo's house blows away in a storm, his friends and neighbors take turns helping him look for it. Though they do not find his house, they each send him on his way with good cheer and small gifts. When the rain clears, Conejo finds the courage to rebuild. He fills his new home with the memories, love, and support he collected from his friends along the way.
The Hornbook (00/03/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2021 Conejo the rabbit lives comfortably in his cheerful house—until a storm blows the building away. Despondent, he sets out to look for it. As Conejo walks, digital illustrations and collage with a folk art feel reflect a contemporary setting in a stylized manner. He meets up with friends who try to help, but finally he accepts that the house is gone forever and sits with his sadness. He knows he has wonderful friends and beautiful surroundings, but he needs time for his teardrops to fall. When he’s ready, he walks again, this time in a different direction that leads to a new home. It is empty until he adds gifts from his friends. The author notes that her inspiration came when her home, Mexico City, was hit by an earthquake—around the same time that Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage in Puerto Rico. This lovely, thoughtful story reminds children to allow themselves to feel sadness, just as they feel love and kindness from others helping and supporting them in their journey home. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.