Breathtaking vistas and bustling scenes await a boy and his uncle when they ride the teleferico to the top of a mountain in Venezuela.
Up, up, up goes Roberto, aboard a cable car, heading to the top of El Avila. Share his excitement as he sees deep ravines and spectacular views, and meets the people and wildlife that live on the mountainside, on his first big adventure!
Preschool-Grade 2. A young kid’s exciting cable-car ride forms the drama in this lively picture book that is filled with the wonderful sights he sees on his journey in the sky. Roberto and his uncle ride the cable car to the top of El Ávela, the huge mountain overlooking Caracas in Venezuela. Suspended among the clouds, Roberto looks down and sees his barrio in the city and boats in the ocean that look tiny in the distance. At the top of the mountain, he walks on the steep hiking trails, sees mariposas (butterflies) among the wildflowers, and talks with fruit sellers, cleaners, and other workers, who remind him of his family. The text is sprinkled with Spanish words, which are explained in a long, appended glossary. Alarcão’s beautiful acrylic illustrations show that both the big panoramas and the close-up details of one butterfly and one bird are equally awe-inspiring. The writers are Katherine Paterson’s son and husband, who based the story on their own trip to Caracas in the 1970s.