El rabanito que volvió

Anonymous Chinese
Illustrated by Martha Carrasco

The radish that came back is an anonymous Chinese story illustrated by Marta Carrasco. It is the story of a group of animals that one cold winter morning, help each other to have something to eat. This story teaches sharing and thinking of others before oneself; it is a story about friendship.

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Recommended for 4 to 8 years
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 18 x 25 cm
Pages: 36
Vintage: 2013
ISBN: 978-956-8209-94-0


In "El Rabanito que Returned" the series of episodes that takes the character from one interlocutor to another and makes passes from hand to hand, the radish contains the warm dimension of solidarity and reciprocal attention, in a perspective that instills different security of the brutal initiatory project of the warning tales. In the winter context of history, in which resources are scarce for all and in which loneliness becomes heavy, the discovery of a radish by the bunny is like a miracle. It was to be expected, with a well-established logic for the reader, that he would eat it, especially in times of scarcity. On the other hand, in a game of mismatches between the logic of the world and that of the imagination, between narrative logic and mathematical logic, the "treasure" will make a round trip from the rabbit's hands to his house, passing through the fawn, bear, monkey, to finally reach a meal shared with friends.

The schematic roundness of the characters, the dynamics of the line drawings, the minimalist situation, the legibility and the generosity of the white contribute to a graphic economy that underlines the expressiveness of the attitudes, easily very soon, surely, the whole background of history. Not necessarily the moral that encourages mutual help and living together, but rather, we believe, the idea (essential for the very young) that there is always someone who takes care of them, who protects them, who does not let them starve. , who simply thinks about them and loves them. The emotional security, peace of mind and confidence that are built are the results of the idea that there is nothing to fear, although sometimes certain external events can put everything into question.

Excerpt from "The great books for the little ones" by Joëlle Turin.


Martha Carrasco (1940-2007) was a children's painter, illustrator, and writer. In 1980 and 1984, his illustrations were exhibited at the Illustrators Show at the Bologna Book Fair. Among his most representative works are The Other Shore, Juan Peña and The Different Club, with which he won the Apeles Mestres award from the Destino publishing house.