Las huellas secretas (The Secret Footprints)

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The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez. Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious—especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she goes on the land to hunt for food. When she gets too close to his family and is discovered, she learns that some humans are kind. Even though she escapes unharmed...

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The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez. Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious—especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she goes on the land to hunt for food. When she gets too close to his family and is discovered, she learns that some humans are kind. Even though she escapes unharmed and promises never to get too close to a human again, Guapa still sneaks over to the boy's house some evenings, where she finds a warm pastelito in the pocket of his jacket on the clothesline.

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Los intensos tonos pastel de Negrin captan la exhuberancia tropical del ambiente y además, con una sugerencia de realismo mágico, realza el delicado misterio de la leyenda. Los niños quedarán en suspenso por los peligros que confrontan las criaturas y aplaudirán la resolución de la trama.
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El lenguaje de Alvarez fluye con la misma facilidad que los vivos colores de los dibujos, creando un ambiente de paz y tranquilidad al que hacen eco las curvas y redondeces de las ilustraciones. Con sus coloridas imágenes este grandioso cuento conjura un toque de magia.
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Las ilustraciones basadas en una llamativa gama de verdes y azules realzan el realismo mágico de un cuento bien contado.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440417644
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 338,301
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.47 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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