Two white rabbits / written by Jairo Buitrago ; illustrated by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado.

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  • Author(s): Buitrago, Jairo, authorAmado, Elisa, translatorYockteng, Rafael, illustrator
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  • Publication Information:
    Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2015.
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  • Physical Description:
    1 volume (unpaged) cm.
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  • Additional Information
    • Notes:
      Translated from the Spanish.
      Issued also in electronic format.
    • ISBN:
      9781554987412 (bound)
      1554987415 (bound)
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BUITRAGO, J.; AMADO, E.; YOCKTENG, R. Two white rabbits. [s. l.]: Groundwood Books, 2015. ISBN 9781554987412. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Buitrago J, Amado E, Yockteng R. Two White Rabbits. Groundwood Books; 2015. Accessed November 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Buitrago, J., Amado, E., & Yockteng, R. (2015). Two white rabbits. Groundwood Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Buitrago, Jairo, Elisa Amado, and Rafael Yockteng. 2015. Two White Rabbits. Groundwood Books.
    • Harvard:
      Buitrago, J., Amado, E. and Yockteng, R. (2015) Two white rabbits. Groundwood Books. Available at: (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Buitrago, J, Amado, E & Yockteng, R 2015, Two white rabbits, Groundwood Books, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Buitrago, Jairo, et al. Two White Rabbits. Groundwood Books, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Buitrago, Jairo, Elisa Amado, and Rafael Yockteng. Two White Rabbits. Groundwood Books, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Buitrago J, Amado E, Yockteng R. Two white rabbits [Internet]. Groundwood Books; 2015 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2015 October #1

The pace is fittingly slow in this quiet immigration story. Short sentences, interrupted by the silence of wordless two-page spreads, seem to match the steady tread of the girl and her father as they "travel" on foot, by raft, and atop trains, moving day and night through deserts and fields. Traveling, we quickly learn, is a euphemism for the journey of immigration, but it only thinly disguises the arduous nature of this pair's trek. Details in the illustrations belie the neutrality of the text. The girl amuses herself by counting things she sees along the way, and it seems this is a journey she has taken before. She does not know where they are going, and no one will tell her. Older readers will appreciate the allegory, and younger ones the simplicity of this spare immigration tale. The digital illustrations use saturated earth tones to render these anonymous people beautifully real. Though they have no names or a place to call home, there is no doubt that they count. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall

A girl and her father travel by foot, by raft, and by train. As they travel, the girl counts the things she sees: "I count the people who live by the train tracks." Originally published in Spanish, this quiet picture book highlights the experience of a child refugee or immigrant; Yockteng's contemplative graphic illustrations clearly depict the pain, frustration, and boredom of the journey.

PW Reviews 2015 August #5

Hope and hardship coexist in this haunting look at refugees fleeing home in hopes of a safer, more secure life. While strongly suggestive of Mexico, the setting is never mentioned explicitly, nor are the reasons why the young narrator and her father are traveling. For the girl, counting—chickens on the side of the road, people encamped by train tracks—offers a stability that her day-to-day life cannot; numbers are constant, even when you're always on the move. On every step of their journey, which includes fording a muddy river on rafts built on rubber tires and riding atop a rusted-out train, they are joined by a narrow-eyed coyote, a visual metaphor for those who smuggle migrants and refugees across borders, not always with good intentions. Colored in drab browns and blues, Yockteng's illustrations emphasize the closeness between father and daughter without downplaying the dangers they face. Buitrago and Yockteng (who previously collaborated on Jimmy the Greatest!) leave the family's story open-ended, powerfully underscoring the idea that there are few certainties in the life of a refugee. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)

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