This book is unlike any picture book I have seen before. Seven young boys living in seven different countries around the world and each one is named Pablo. Each Pablo is struggling with poverty and oppression. With a turn of the page we travel to another country, to another moment in time, another family and we are privileged to stand in their shoes and feel their hopes, fears, love and dreams. Maybe we can begin to understand that we are Pablo, too. That each of these children is connected to each of us and our choices and compassion can reach farther than we know.
The illustrations are what make this book so unique and touching. Inside each of them is a heart that beats to the same rhythm as the ocean’s waves and the rotations of the planet. This is a book that meditates on the universal human experiences of children around the world, touching on issues like migration, poverty, and bullying.