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Nocholasa Mohr and Antonio Martorell
My parents had read the tales of Juan Bobo to me as a child, but I had not heard the stories in this book before. This was not an easy book to find, but I'm glad I found it. The first page has a picture of the island with the beautiful clear, blue waters surrounding it. I felt like I was flying in to paradise.
This book has 3 folktales with 3 different creatures that represent 3 different cultures in Puerto Rico. There is the coqui, that represents that Taino Indians, the guinea, that represents Africans, and the mula, that represents slaves.
My favorite of the three stories was the story of the coqui. The Taino Indians believed in a god, Huracan, (Hurricane in English) who was sad by the silence on the island. He created a huge storm that lasted a million years. After the storm, the island was still quiet, but Huracan was so tired from making the storm that he fell asleep. He awoke to "a sound...at first like a raindrop." Huracan finally discovered that the song, "coqui, coqui" was coming from the little frog. We still hear the coqui's song along with all of the other animals on the island, but "none echoes as loud and as sweet as the song of the tiny coqui."
I read this and felt that it was so true! I will not go to sleep until I have heard the song of the coqui. I know
This is a topic that will be easy for me to teach because I am passionate about Puerto Rico. I've really enjoyed using folktales and fairy tales to teach my students about different cultures. This is one more story to add to my collection.
Check this book out from your library!
Listen to the coqui.