Kingly Y Yo: Un Paseo Por El Cañaveral: Kingly and I: a Trip Around the Sugar Cane Farm


Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 44 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1480870857
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.7 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.12 x 11 inches


When a young girl goes to visit her grandparents’ sugarcane farm in the Dominican Republic, she rides a special horse named Kingly. This horse takes care of her and is very happy to see her! Together they take a tour around the farm.

The girl rides Kingly bareback, and they travel down the sugarcane trails, smelling the sweet aroma of sugarcane and seeing the green plants all over the farm. They go to the water tank, where Kingly can get a drink and where the children from the farm can fill their containers with water to take back to their homes. The visitor sees what the fields look like after a harvest and then hears what a loud rainstorm sounds like on the farm. As Kingly and the girl visit all around, they discover new things about the environment, the people, and the production of sugarcane.

Written in both Spanish and English, this children’s story explores a remote sugarcane farm and helps young readers learn both new facts and Spanish words.

Hollywood Book Reviews

We all know the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” yet in author Anelly Schwab Alfaro’s masterpiece titled Kingly and I: A Trip around a Sugar Cane Farm – from its cover to final page, the imagery, magic of the characters with language, peacefulness and life-giving food source of sugarcane, are homogenized into a classic book which is a must-read to youngsters.

Let’s count the amazing aspects of this book.  First and foremost is the bilingual printing of the story; Spanish and English.  This is the perfect way to teach a foreign language to children – whether being Spanish to English or the other way around.  Next, we see the artistic illustrations being printed to the edges of the pages using hand-drawn techniques surely impressive enough to capture the roaming eyes of children seeking non-verbal information from the pictures.  Then we have the storyline itself of a young girl with her pony named Kingly riding around a sugarcane farm in the Dominican Republic.  Putting all of these elements together, Anelly Schwab Alfaro has achieved what I already defined as a “masterpiece.” (obra maestra!)

The girl is the narrator, which in a way enables all young children to imagine themselves in this role, personalizing the story in a very impactful way.  Riding around the sugarcane farm reveals many cultural ways the land is farmed, crops are gathered, people use their resources of water, and showing a peaceful place which makes it for an inviting place to visit.  Even the aroma of the sweet-smelling sugar is told in a way readers will imagine it for themselves – I imagined the smell of cotton candy being made.  One day, the rain on the roof and the muddy fields made it a day for staying inside, not riding Kingly bareback around the farm.  The next day, however, with the sun coming out and drying up the farm brings back a sense of normalcy and leaves to the ending of the book with a feeling of hope and optimism.

There are many books being published into the crowed genre of illustrated children’s books, but few are as creative and educational as Kingly and I: A Trip around a Sugar Cane Farm.  Less is more when it comes to children’s books as it is truly an art for an author to put themselves into the minds of youngsters to grab their attention.  This is demonstrated with finesse and style, and is a must-have for all family libraries, as children will gravitate to reading this time-and-time again because of the good feelings it has to offer.  Without even realizing it ~ they all will be learning, or at least becoming familiar with, another language.


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