Napi Goes to the Mountainby Antonio Ramirez, Domi
When their father disappears one day, Napí and her little brother Niclé decide to leave their village to find him. They set off upriver on a raft. As they go, their search assumes a magical quality and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Turtles carry the raft on their backs; the children are transformed into deer; and other animals offer help and
When their father disappears one day, Napí and her little brother Niclé decide to leave their village to find him. They set off upriver on a raft. As they go, their search assumes a magical quality and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Turtles carry the raft on their backs; the children are transformed into deer; and other animals offer help and advice. Finally, an armadillo tells them that if they return home, they will find a big surprise awaiting them.
Featuring richly evocative art by the award-winning illustrator Domi, Napí Goes to the Mountain has the imaginative interest and timeless appeal of the Mexican folk culture that inspired it.
In this second story about Napí, the young Mazateca girl's father hasn't returned from work in the fields, so she and her younger brother go in search of him. Their quest leads them on a magical journey upriver and through the jungle, where they encounter animals prominent in Mexican folklore and are transformed into deer. None of the creatures they meet knows where their father is until an armadillo announces, "The family is finally together again." In company with the animals that are "like brothers and sisters, children of the same mother, of the Earth," the children race home to a joyful reunion with their father. "It was so good to see him that I forgot to worry about where he had been," says Napí. The large, flat watercolor spreads extend almost to the full length of the pages, leaving room for the brief text across the bottom. Domi combines the bold colors associated with Mexican culture with large areas of brown washes, perhaps to highlight the siblings' anxiety at their father's disappearance-a neighbor "had seen some men hit him, then take him away"-and the dire situation of the Oaxacan people who must continually fight to keep their land. The transition back to reality happens abruptly and is a bit jarring, and some readers may have difficulty with the juxtaposition of brilliant color and dark shades. Nevertheless, the story may provide some insight into the lives of the poor in Oaxaca and their culture.
Marianne SaccardiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Groundwood Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.30(w) x 12.60(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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