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The Streets are Free

The Streets are Free

By Kurusa
Illustrated by Monika Doppert
Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 1–3
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781550373707, 48 pages, February 1995 , 8.01" x 9.01"


This inspiring book is based on the true story of the children of the barrio of San José de la Urbina in Caracas, Venezuela.

There are no parks where they live, and the children must play in the streets. They ask the mayor for an empty lot to build a playground, but all they get are campaign promises. They know that they are the only ones who will make something happen, so they get their friends and family involved until the whole barrio unites to create a space of their own.


“A heartwarming story which can be understood by young urbanites. ”

- School Library Journal

“This is a terrific book . . . It is a story of self-reliance and what can be accomplished with commitment and energy. A great story!” 

- American Bookseller