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Groundwood Books Fall 2021

Wounded Falcons
By (author): Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by: Rafael Yockteng Translated by: Elisa Amado
Jairo Buitrago ,

Illustrated by :

Rafael Yockteng ,

Translated by :

Elisa Amado


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) K - 1, Grade (US) K - 1
Sep 01, 2021
$19.99 CAD


10in x 9 in | 17.4 oz

Page Count:

40 pages


Full-color illustrations throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying
Junior Library Guild Selection 2021, Commended CCBC Choices 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
A moving tribute to the power of friendship and the heart-opening effect that taking care of a wounded creature has on a wounded boy.

A story about the heart-opening effect that taking care of a wounded creature has on a wounded boy, from acclaimed picture-book creators Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng.

Adrián is always in trouble, at school and at home, while Santiago gets along quite well. But they are friends. When Adrián finds a wounded bird in an abandoned lot in the midst of the city, things begin to change. Taking care of the bird, learning all about it, discovering that it is a falcon, loving it — and accepting what this love means — gives Adrián a chance to show others a glimpse of who he truly is. Santiago has always known that Adrián has a big heart, and his steadfast friendship is also the reason Adrián has a chance to heal.

Key Text Features


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • Buitrago and Yockteng are highly acclaimed picture-book creators with an award winning and best-selling backlist that includes Jimmy the Greatest!, Two White Rabbits and Walk with Me.

  • The duo’s books consistently earn many starred reviews. Jimmy the Greatest! received six.

  • This is a story about the power of friendship and love that will appeal to those who loved Lion and Mouse also by Buitrago and Yockteng.

JAIRO BUITRAGO is a children's book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist), Lion and Mouse (two starred reviews) and most recently, Cave Paintings. They won the "A la Orilla del Viento" contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY's Honor List. Their books have also appeared on "Los mejores libros del año" (Venezuela's Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo has also won the Hispanoamericano Castillo prize for children's literature and the Antonio García Cubas Award. He lives in Mexico City.

RAFAEL YOCKTENG has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits(three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

A powerfully, even divinely told slice of life. STARRED REVIEW

- Kirkus Reviews

A moving meditation on the transformative power of friendships in all different forms. STARRED REVIEW

- Booklist

Wounded Falcons provides a window into two young lives in a situation that will be unfamiliar to many Canadian children, with a hint at the end of the story that better things may be to come.

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A testament to the strength that comes from caring for another, be they bird or beast.

- A Fuse #8 Production Blog

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