Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer! / Esteban de Luna, ¡rescatador de bebés!


In this bilingual picture book, a young boy discovers that he doesn’t need magical powers to be a hero.

by Larissa M. Mercado-López
Illustrations by Alex Pardo DeLange
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

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ISBN: 978-1-55885-847-3
Publication Date: May 31, 2017
Bind: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8


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Esteban wears his green cape every day. He wears it to breakfast. He wears it to the park. He even wears it to the grocery store. The only problem is that it doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t help him fly or become invisible. He decides to sell it.

Just then his mother tells him that they’re going to the park, so Esteban puts his cape back on. At the park, he sees a baby doll on the swings. Suddenly a storm blows in, and Esteban’s mom calls him to run home. If Esteban leaves the doll, it will get wet and dirty. So he wraps the doll in his cape and ties it back on. “Don’t worry, baby! I’ll save you!”

On the way home he jumps over puddles and walks under awnings to keep the baby dry. At home, he wears the doll in his cape as he plays and does his chores. That night—with the baby clean and dry—the boy feels like a superhero. He will not sell the cape after all. “From now on, I am Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!”

With whimsical illustrations by Alex Pardo DeLange that depict a kind and compassionate boy, this charming bilingual picture book for children ages 4 – 8 will generate dialogue about what it means to be a boy while broadening the definition of masculinity to include tenderness and caring.

“Esteban is simultaneously a gentle being and a caped hero, and his wonderful, accessible story showcases how being a superhero is about far more than fighting.”—Booklist, starred review

“Determined to protect the doll, Esteban uses his cape to care for it and keep it clean, a rejection of both superhero stereotype and gender norms that is unquestioned in his loving Latino family.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Overall, this is a well-crafted picture book that young readers will relate to. A solid choice where tales about superheroes or self-confidence are needed.”—School Library Journal

LARISSA M. MERCADO-LÓPEZ, a Texas native and mother of four, is a professor of Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno. This is her first book for children.

Click here to listen to an interview with Larissa Mercado-López about Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!/Esteban de Luna,¡rescatador de bebés!.

ALEX PARDO DELANGE is a Venezuelan-born artist educated in Argentina and the United States. A graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Miami, she has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Pepita series and Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo. She lives with her family in Florida.

ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades