Flor de Oro: Un mito taino de Puerto Rico

Flor de Oro: Un mito taino de Puerto Rico

by Nina Jaffe, Enrique O. Sanchez
     
 
Nina Jaffe's acclaimed retelling of an indigenous creation myth about the birth of Puerto Rico, The Golden Flower, is available for the first time in Spanish. Her account of the Taíno's legend draws the reader to the island before the Spaniards arrived. The Taínos called their beloved island, Boriquén. This is their story of how Boriquén

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Nina Jaffe's acclaimed retelling of an indigenous creation myth about the birth of Puerto Rico, The Golden Flower, is available for the first time in Spanish. Her account of the Taíno's legend draws the reader to the island before the Spaniards arrived. The Taínos called their beloved island, Boriquén. This is their story of how Boriquén came to be. In the beginning, there is only a giant mountain above a dry plain without water or plants. A child walking over the flat land below the mountain finds seeds dancing in the wind. When he plants the seeds on the top of the mountain, a forest grows on the crest and in that forest, a large golden flower appears. Soon, the boy and his community reap benefits that they had never before imagined.

A joyful creation myth about the evolution of a beautiful island habitat, this picture book is also a celebration of the young boy's quest, which encourages young readers, ages 4-8, to respect the gifts of the winds and the cycle of nature that bears fruit for the whole community. Jaffe's adaptation was inspired by her encounter with a Spanish-language article by Carmen Puigdollers, "Cómo se formó la bella isla de Boriquén," and folklore research in Puerto Rico.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Glowing colors, stylized figures, and overlays are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle."
Children's Literature
This is the Spanish text of the book The Golden Flower by Nina Jaffe. The author sets the scene and gets the reader into the feel of this myth by putting the reader back in the time of the Taino Indians. She does this by helping us imagine that we are sitting at the fire with the Indians, listening to them tell stories. She even brings in sensory details of the storytelling, such as sitting in the moonlight and feeling the breezes blowing the palm trees. This is a retelling of a Taino myth that explains how the forest and the island of Puerto Rico were formed. The illustrations give a sense of a mythological time. The strong colors and large details will attract and entice children of all ages to follow this story. The myth explains that one day a boy left his home and searched for food. Each day, a seed floated to him. He collected them and planted the seeds on top of a mountain. A great forest and a golden flower grew where he had planted the seeds. A giant pumpkin grew from the golden flower. Two men saw the giant pumpkin and fought over it. The pumpkin fell, broke, and out poured the sea and all its creatures. The sea surrounded the mountain and created the island of Boriquen, what is now called Puerto Rico. 2006, Pinata Press/Arte Publico Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Liz Rice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558854635
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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