La pobre viejecita

De Rafael pigeon
illustrator mauma

Rafael Pombo (Colombia, 1833–1912) is one of the great Latin American poets. The poor old woman is one of his best known poems. With humor, with irony, it shows a piece of the human soul, contrasting the wealth and material abundance of the old woman with her spiritual and moral poverty. Maguma's illustrations, through a game of symmetry, highlight nonconformity and greed.

Winning book Colibrí Medal, Illustrator Selection, 2016.

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Recommended for 5 to 12 years
Design: Book with printed cloth spine
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 26 18 cm x
Pages: 36
Vintage: 2015
ISBN: 978-956-9330-20-9
ISBN special edition: 978-956-364-147-9


With rhythm, wit and humor, this poem becomes a timeless work that explores the nonconformity of the human being, through a simple story.
The new edition brought by Amanuta publishing house also has the support of Maguma, a Spanish illustrator who in his work with publishers and the media has stood out for the strength of the colors and textures that give life to his creations.

Rafael Pombo's work is renewed, with lines that enhance each verse offering a beautiful work marked by contrasts. Accompanying each phrase, the Spanish forges the forms of the poor old woman facing her as if she were a mirror: on the one hand we see her in warm tones accompanied by riches and in parallel we distinguish the same impoverished silhouette in gray and black.

In this edition, text and image come together in a game that enrich Pombo's literary heritage, bringing it closer to new generations through a result of great aesthetic power that invites us to reflect, share and enjoy reading.

La Fuente Foundation, 2016.


Rafael pigeon (1833-1912) was a Colombian writer, poet, and diplomat. He is well known for his anthologies of poetry for children and his texts for children. In 1905 he was crowned as a national poet, highlighting him as one of the most important Colombian poets of the XNUMXth century. Among his most popular children's fables are The Poor Old Woman, The Bandit Cat and The Walking Tadpole, among others.

mauma is a Spanish illustrator who has worked as a regular contributor to the newspaper El País, where he began his career as an illustrator. He has published in Courrier International, Diagonal newspaper, Panenka, Yorukobu, El Malpensante and Cream Ebooks. In 2013, his work The Dream of Pandora obtained a Special Mention in the IV International Prize of Compostela. In 2014, his work was selected to be part of the V Ibero-American Catalog of Illustration. He has worked as an illustrator for various publishers.