Streets are Free, Reissue, The Share this with a friend

by Kurusa
illustrated by Monika Doppert

Horace Mann Book Awards Honor Book

“A heartwarming story…”—School Library Journal

For the children of the barrio of San José de la Urbina in Caracas,Venezuela, their only playground is the busy streets. Where once there were fields and streams, the landscape is now defined by office towers, sewers and highways.

With the help of the local librarian, the children ask the mayor for a vacant lot to build a playground, but all they get are empty campaign promises. Even when a reporter’s news story brings the mayor out to launch the project, nothing further happens.

Finally, it is up to the kids themselves to make their dream come true. Undeterred by the obstacles in their path, they rally family, friends and neighbors, who unite to create a space that the children can call their own.

Based on a true story, The Streets are Free stands as an uplifting testament to the power of perseverance, commitment and teamwork as a means of overcoming political apathy. Originally published in 1985, this inspiring story is now back in print.


“Exceptional illustrations convey life in the barrio with respect and realism. [A] fantastic read.”
—Orange Marmalade, 09/05/17