El regalo del lenador (The Woodcutter's Gift )

El regalo del lenador (The Woodcutter's Gift )

by Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Elaine Jerome
     
 

One day, a terrible thunderstorm knocked down the giant mesquite tree that grew in the town square. After the storm, the townspeople gathered to gawk at the large obstruction blocking the street. They weren't sure what to do with it, but they all agreed that the wood was good for nothing except a fire.

But the woodcutter Tomás sees something in the huge…  See more details below

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One day, a terrible thunderstorm knocked down the giant mesquite tree that grew in the town square. After the storm, the townspeople gathered to gawk at the large obstruction blocking the street. They weren't sure what to do with it, but they all agreed that the wood was good for nothing except a fire.

But the woodcutter Tomás sees something in the huge tree that the rest of the townsfolk don't. "The beauty of this tree is not on the outside but on the inside," Tomás tells them. In the following days, everyone watches curiously as the woodcutter carves and chips and whittles the wood into blocks. At one point, he moves the chunks into his shed, increasing everyone's curiosity. What could the woodcutter be doing with all that lumber?

Finally, Tomás calls the townsfolk together to see his creations: a wonderful collection of life-sized animals for the children to enjoy. Children and adults alike are thrilled with their private zoo! But a few weeks later the woodcutter is visited by strangers from a folk art museum who want to buy the pieces for their collection.

Will Tomás sell the town's new zoo animals so that others can enjoy them too?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dorina Lazo Gilmore
The book opens by setting up a problem: a violent thunderstorm knocked down a giant tree in the middle of the town square. After the storm, the neighbors have to figure out what to do with this tree, which is blocking the main street. They listen to several suggestions and then decide to let the woodcutter take the wood to his workshop. Behind closed doors, the woodcutter fashions the tree into a zoo of life-sized wooden animals to share with the children of the town. The townspeople set up the animals in the town square and help paint the animals. Men from a city museum offer to buy the zoo pieces but the woodcutter keeps the magical animals for the town to enjoy. This sweet tale elaborates on how this fallen tree brings together a community of neighbors who rarely spoke to each other. The story is told in a traditional fashion with a storyteller's quality to the narrator's voice. Readers will be drawn in by the unique story and the colorful illustrations that bring this tale to life. This feel-good book would be appropriate to read aloud to preschool through early elementary children. Teachers might use this book in the classroom to help talk about the concept of cooperation or as a way to brainstorm service projects to bring communities together. Reviewer: Dorina Lazo Gilmore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558854895
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,143,856
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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