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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 3 to 6.
Although this is based on the Grimm Brothers' The Fisherman and His Wife, the author shifts the setting to Aztec society and reshapes the story so that the fisherman's good wishes come from a wise old sea turtle. Shortly after he frees the sea turtle from his net, the modest fisherman first asks for four fish--a huge bounty as he usually only catches two--but his wife has other ideas. Her greed forces the fisherman to ask for a stone house and riches and the kingship of the Aztec people. But when she asks to become a god, neither she nor her husband is prepared for how the sea turtle will respond to the wish. The illustrations, painted with watercolor and acrylics, are humorous and beautifully detailed, from the grains of sand on the beach to the details in the king's dress. Color choices throughout the book pick up the Aztec feel, as do many of the design elements in the buildings and backdrops of each page. This book is great fun both to read and to look at! Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.