CriticasGr 2-4- Fulgo and Lumi are two squids, born on the same night in December. Almost at the moment of birth, they know they are meant for each other. Alas, no sooner have they tasted the waters of their birthplace then the currents sweep them apart. As each one struggles to escape being eaten by other fish-octopuses, whales, or puffins-the memory of their true love inspires and sustains them. Along the way, intrepid readers learn a great many facts about the life cycle of the squid, including the importance of speed, coloration, and camouflage. Yes, Lumi and Fulgo do meet again. On a pearly night back in their natal waters, the two squids mate, fertilize their eggs, and ultimately expire. This is certainly an odd little story. The cartoon illustrations, heavy on computer generated, blurry pastels, recall Disney's Little Mermaid. The text is far too difficult for primary graders, but the book won't appeal to older readers. Given these considerations, it is recommended as an additional title for bookstores with large Spanish-language collections.
Ann Welton, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma,WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.