Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw's Papa Brings Me the World is a poignant picture book that celebrates the bond between parent and child, and follows their long-distance trip around the world.
Most parents drive a car or ride a bus or train to work—but not Lulu’s papa. He navigates mountains, deserts, and oceans, each time returning home with pockets full of treasures. There’s an ancient calculator from China, a musical mbira from Zimbabwe, and a special game from Sumatra. But the best treasures are special stories Papa tells when he comes home—tales of playing peekaboo with rare birds in the Andes and befriending dragons in the Irish Sea.
This long-distance love story between parent and child celebrates inclusivity, imagination, and the richness of global cultures.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Praise for Papa Brings Me the World
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"With its inviting story and imaginative illustrations, this picture book could spark curiosity about faraway places and encourage global awareness in young children." --Booklist, starred review
"Collages rendered with cut, layered paper and finished off with painted textures and rubber stamps create a warm, earthy atmosphere . . . A comforting story that will prompt exploration at home or in school." --Kirkus Reviews
"Kostecki-Shaw’s mixed-media illustrations have a richness of texture, pattern, and color wonderfully suited to depicting the dazzling array of multicultural mementos . . .The author’s look back never falters in conveying a child’s perspective, in a cozy and loving tale that includes an important message of global connection." --School Library Journal
"Through pages that tell of trips to Cameroon, China, Mali, Mexico, Sumatra, and Zimbabwe, among other places, the creator conveys the idea that there are many ways to be in the world; she also imagines one way that parents can offer glimpses of its bounty as an introduction to broader experience." --Publishers Weekly