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Francisco is a lonely boy. Amigo is a prairie dog. They both live in the desert, and both want someone to play with. Francisco thinks that he's "taming" Amigo, his pet -- but Amigo knows better....

Title : Amigo
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ISBN : 9780689712999
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Amigo Reviews

  • Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
    2019-01-11 01:23

    ফ্রান্সসিকোর একটা বন্ধু দরকার, পোষ্য দরকার, একটা বড়সড় কুকুর, হাউন্ডস। কিন্তু ওর বাবা-মার জন্য যে ওদের দুইভাইয়ের অন্ন জোগাড়-ই মুশকিল, কোত্থেকে কুকুর আসবে বা তাকে কী-ই বা খাওয়ানো হবে। মা সমাধান দেন একটা প্র্যাইরি ডগ খুঁজে নিতে, যা নিজেই নিজের খাবার জোগাড় করে নিবে। তাই ফ্রান্সসিসকো যায় প্র্যাইরি ডগ টাউনে নিজের পোষ্য খুঁজে নিতে। আমিগো-ও প্রথম দেখায় ফ্রান্সিসকোকে পছন্দ করে ফেলে। এই সুন্দর আওয়াজ এর মালিক ছেলেটাকে পোষ্য হিসেবে দরকার আমিগোর। শুরু হয় দুজন দুজনকে পোষ মানানোর, পোষ মানার আয়োজন...বইয়ের নাম আমিগো। বন্ধু। বইতে বন্ধুত্বের উষ্ণতা আছে। আর আছে অনেক সুন্দর ইলাস্ট্রেশন। কখনো মনে হয় ফ্রান্সিসকো এবং আমিগোর মত আমিও মরুভূমির মাঝে ছোট্ট, তুচ্ছ একটা জিনিস।লেখিকার কথা একটু বলি। আমি বার্ড বেইলারের দুটো বই পড়েছি মাত্র। এটি এবং The Other Way to Listen। কিন্তু তাকে আমার ভাল লেগে গেছে। বইদুটোর চেয়েও ভাল। মনে হয় তার মাঝে অদ্ভুদ এক প্রশান্তি আছে। সুনসান নীরবতার মত প্রশান্তি। তবে দমবন্ধ নীরবতা নয়, যে নীরবতায় বুকভরে নিঃশ্বাস নেয়া যায়। তার সাথে দেখা করতে ইচ্ছা করে। মনে নয় হাত মেলাবার ক্ষণে তার ভেতরকার প্রশান্তি আমার মাঝে চলে আসবে। ইনার পিস। যে প্রশান্তি তিনি তার লেখাগুলোর মাঝ দিয়ে পাঠককে দেবার চেষ্টা করেন এবং সফলও হন তবে মনেহয় কিছুটা বাকি রয়ে গেল। শতভাগ পেলাম না।

  • (F.O.P.) Friend of Pixie
    2019-01-17 06:29

    I can't believe there are so few reviews of this marvelous book! I bought it on a trip to Tucson when L was 3. I wanted a book that was about life in the desert and this was close. He wasn't quite ready for it then, but by the time he was 4, we were reading it regularly. It's the story of a poor Mexican family living in a mining village. Their son wants a dog, but his parents can't afford it, so his mother suggests a prairie dog. The book changes perspective back and forth between the boy and the prairie dog, each of whom believes he is "taming" the other. What makes this book fabulous is the sing-song, almost-rhyming poetry of it. It took me a couple of times to get the hang of reading it aloud, but once I did, I loved it! Also, the illustrations by the incomparable Garth Williams are both tender and saucy. If you want to encourage a love for language, nature, patience, and the art of giving love, then run right out and get this book. I know others say it's beyond first graders, but I think if you read it right, they will be mesmerized.

  • Fritz Van Buskirk
    2019-01-06 07:10

    Garth Williams wonderfully illustrates the tale of a boy who sets out to tame a prairie dog for a pet, and a prairie dog who insists he wants a boy. The skeptical parents are kind and funny, suggesting more practical pets. The story is in loose verse that is a joy to read aloud and imitates energy of the two young things, the quiet patience and kindness with which they lure each other, the beauty of the place. A lovely lovely tale to share with little ones you love. One of half a dozen books i kept forever.

  • Becky
    2019-01-19 01:28

    First sentence: His mother said, "Come Francisco, my son. Tell me why your eyes are sad, my little one."Premise/plot: Amigo is written in verse. It is historical fiction--about a boy longing for a dog. His family can't afford an actual dog, but, his parents encourage him to tame something wild, something that can take care of itself, something like a prairie dog. So Francisco sets out to tame a prairie dog, and, he knows just what he'll call it: Amigo. That's half the story. Amigo is a prairie dog that is curious and longs for adventures. He's drawn to humans, and he longs to tame a boy. Amigo picks out just the boy to tame, and, surprise, surprise, it's Francisco. Readers in on both sides of the stories can predict where this one is heading. It's cute. My thoughts: I'll be honest: I bought it for the art. The illustrations are by Garth Williams. I thought if the text was nice, it would be an extra bonus. But really, I was just happy to see more of Garth Williams' work. I did enjoy the text. Do I think it's the most wonderful, amazing story ever? Probably not. I would have enjoyed more prose and less verse. But it's not awful.

  • Dominick
    2019-01-05 23:17

    Meh. I bought this for the Garth williams art, and it is of course nice art, but it doesn't have his usually distinctive verve. As for the story, well, the basic idea is interesting enough. Fansisco, a poor boy living in the desert with his family, wants a dog, but the family can't afford one, so he decides to try to tame a prairie dog, instead. Meanwhile, a young prairie dog decides he wants a human pet, so decides to tame the boy. Each thinks he's tamed the other, which is kind of cute idea, but it's not executed with any particualr elegance. In fact, it's written in far from elegant verse--doggerel, really--which at times becomes almost laughable in its attempts at rhyme and meter. Mediocre.

  • Mary
    2019-01-14 01:34

    This book is longer and requires more listening with understanding than the usual stories I read to Kindergarden and First Graders; I would guess 3rd graders would enjoy reading it for themselves, if they like pets. It is a Byrd Baylor book about a poor mining family who live by themselves at the edge of the desert and mountains. They are too poor for son Francisco to have a dog, so his mother suggests he tame a wild prairie dog. In the ensuing process Francisco and Amigo gradually learn about each other and how to approach and be friends. Written in rhyme and illustrated with artwork by Garth Williams, it is a book I love reading myself.

  • Donna Roy
    2018-12-27 01:28

    This book is about a family that can't afford to buy their son, Francisco a dog, so the mom suggests that he tames a praire dog. Francisco doesn't realize that Amigo, the praire dog is already tame. I like have the story is in a poetry form and the story is too long. You would not be able to keep the attention of Pre-k children.Learning Experience: The children can be engaged in the story naming what kind of dog or pet they would like to have and the children are to name their pet. Also, the children are to decide if their pet need to be tamed/trained.

  • Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
    2018-12-20 02:33

    I registered a book at!

  • Maria
    2019-01-15 03:40

    I used to sneak this book down from the top shelf of the closet where my sister kept it safely hidden with her other nostalgia (ie merlin, zylaphone (sp), books, etc). I used to read it right after I would read The Giving Tree.

  • Eloise
    2018-12-19 05:37

    Sweet story, but too long and wordy.

  • Cws
    2018-12-24 06:11


  • Shaundell
    2018-12-27 06:17

    A sweet little poetry book about a boy that wants a dog and a prairie dog that wants a boy. The two meet and are made for each other.

  • Etta Mcquade
    2018-12-28 00:24

    I particularily loved Garth Williams' illustrations. The story, written in poetry form, is a little long, but the illustrations make up for it.

  • Rick Bavera
    2019-01-18 04:31

    Great kids' book about the friendship between a prairie dog and a boy.They each want a friend, and find each other to "tame" and develop a friend relationship. Heartwarming story.

  • Michael
    2019-01-13 02:12

    Fun story with a good message about friendship.