Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La mujer que brillaba aun mas que el sol

Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La mujer que brillaba aun mas que el sol

by Alejandro Cruz Martinez, Rosalma Zubizarreta, Harriet Rohmer, Fernando Olivera
     
 

When Lucia Zenteno walks into a mountain village in central Mexico, some villagers whisper that her long black hair blocks out the sun, and they are afraid. Others say her brilliant hair outshines the sun. Frightened, they banish Lucia from the village and watch in amazement as their precious river follows her, for it loves her and will not leave her. Never had the

Overview

When Lucia Zenteno walks into a mountain village in central Mexico, some villagers whisper that her long black hair blocks out the sun, and they are afraid. Others say her brilliant hair outshines the sun. Frightened, they banish Lucia from the village and watch in amazement as their precious river follows her, for it loves her and will not leave her. Never had the villagers imagined that their beautiful river would leave them, no matter what they did—and so the whole village sets out to find Lucia and beg for her forgiveness.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More beautiful than the sun, loved by the whole of nature, purveyor of quiet goodwill, Lucia Zenteno is a part of the story-telling tradition of Mexico's Zapotec Indians. In this English-Spanish retelling, Lucia's fate at the hands of unkind strangers is captured in artwork glowing with color and vitality. When the dazzling girl arrives in a village, it is no surprise that the river falls in love with her, rising ``from its bed . . . to flow through her shining black hair.'' The villagers are less welcoming, however, and only on discovering the loss of their glorious river do they repent of their cruelty toward the mysterious Lucia. While the plot is somewhat limited and moralistic (the Golden Rule is heavily applied) and the writing occasionally plodding, much of the imagery is refreshing--``she combed out the fishes, she combed out the otters.'' Surreal illustrations, calling to mind a stylistic mixture of William Joyce and Karen Barbour, highlight the richness of the folktale convention and perfectly capture a sense of place. Ages 7-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
A Zapotec legend from Mexico, this is the story of Lucia, a quiet beauty so remarkable, the elders said, she outshone the sun. In the small village of Oaxaca, now a large state, she is instantly beloved by the river and all things natural, but the young people of the village were jealous of her and less than kind. Each page contains the Spanish translation and South American art that is bold and bright.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Lucia Zenteno is a mythic character, a woman of great beauty who is perfectly in tune with nature. She is indeed larger than life, and though beloved by the creatures of the countryside, she becomes the target of human hatred and fear and is driven out of her village because she is different. It is only as nature mourns and the river leaves with her that the people realize that theyneed her. This original Hispanic folktale is skillfully told, and is solid and colorfully steeped with imagery of the earth and sky. Both the Spanish and English read gracefully, and the poetic use of language suits the story well for telling. The illustrations have a sense of volume that is reminiscent of Orozco, and the bright colors communicate equally well the heat of the drying land and the coolness of the returning river. An excellent discussion starter, dealing as it does with issues of the differences between people and respect for nature, the book has a natural place in multicultural and environmental units. Pair it with Carmen Lomas Garza's Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia (Children's Book Pr., 1990) to look at the cultural and artistic aspects or with books such as Jean George's One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest (HarperCollins, 1990) to emphasize our responsibility for our earth. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391264
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

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