El Zipitio

El Zipitio

by Jorge Argueta, Gloria Calderon
     
 

El Zipitio is older than the rocks, even older than the river. He wears a tall black hat and has a round shiny stomach and long pointy nails. He hides down by the river, only appearing when he falls in love. Rufina Perez is a young Nahua girl of the Pipil people in Salvador. Her mother wants her to be prepared for El Zipitio, in case he should fall in love with her

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El Zipitio is older than the rocks, even older than the river. He wears a tall black hat and has a round shiny stomach and long pointy nails. He hides down by the river, only appearing when he falls in love. Rufina Perez is a young Nahua girl of the Pipil people in Salvador. Her mother wants her to be prepared for El Zipitio, in case he should fall in love with her. When he does appear to court Rufina, her mother shows her how to deal with him in this enchanting tale based on a legendary character from Pipil folklore.

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Argueta offers a bit of folklore from Central America that isn't going to go over too well in this culture. A small, ugly gnome with long nails and backward feet, Zipitio lurks along the riverbank, systematically falling in love with every local girl when she comes of age, pursuing her with flowers and declarations of devotion. Oddly dismissing him as just a harmless nuisance, young Rufina's mother explains that a trick is required to divert his attentions-and so, when at last it's Rufina's turn, she overcomes her fear and sends him off with a basket to catch an ocean wave. Calder-n creates a magical landscape in which faces peer from trees and stones; the awkward-looking Zipitio fits right in, but so does Rufina and her mother, with their smooth dark skin and colorfully embroidered clothing. Readers sensitive to the sexual nuances here may prefer Julia Alvarez's The Secret Footprints (2000), which features backwards-footed creatures in a more innocently amusing situation. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888995391
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

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