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“The spare text of this title by Uruguyuan author/filmmaker Soderguit provides a quiet parable on the immigrant or refugee experience.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

The Capybaras

Written by Alfredo Soderguit and Elisa Amado (Translator)
Illustrated by Alfredo Soderguit
Published by Greystone Books Ltd

Hens and their chicks love their warm, snug home. Life is simple and comfortable in the chicken coop, where everyone knows their place and worries are far away.

Until one day, when the capybaras appear.

To the hens, the capybaras are too big, too wet, and too hairy. They don’t even follow the rules! But it’s hunting season, and the capybaras need somewhere safe to hide.

Can the hens learn to get along with their unexpected guests?

Primary ISBN: 9781771647823
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 08 or older

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Setting: Barnyard

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

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