A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Spanish / Spain

Un cóndor en Madrid
(A condor in Madrid)

Muiña, Paloma (text)
López, Mercè (illus.)
[Zaragoza]: Edelvives, 2014. – 127 p.
(Series: Ala Delta. Serie Azul; 92)
ISBN 978-84-263-9257-2

Migration – Cultural identity – Homesickness – Grandfather / Grandson 

Children’s books that deal with topics like migration and the encounter or coming together of different cultures not seldom fall prey to stereotyping, all the while having ostensible educational intentions. Paloma Muiña masterfully scales these treacherous cliffs of writing in this book, which received the Ala Delta Children’s Literature Award. “Un cóndor en Madrid” portrays the friendship between a girl named Adriana and a boy named Manu, and their everyday life. Multiple narrative strains converge on the story of how the children succeed, with the help of Manu’s mother, to help Adriana’s Ecuadorian grandfather feel more at home in his newly adopted city, the foreign metropolis of Madrid. The old man, whose memory is failing him, can only put down roots with much care and effort, like a tree. Relying on beautiful, nuanced language and deep empathy, the author has created an inspiring book worth reading. (Age: 8+)