Once they reach their destination, the brothers must carefully pick the oranges and bring them back to the old woman who lives in a cave on the cliffs overlooking the sea. But, "In order to find your wives, you will need to work together," the old woman has said. "Woe to you if you do not follow my advice!"
Each of the brothers wants something different. Santiago wants a wife who is beautiful. Tomás wants one who is both rich and beautiful. But Matías, the youngest brother, longs for a woman who is kind, joyful, and loving...someone he could love very much in return.
Will the brothers be able to avert misfortune by working together? Will they be strong enough to break the spell that a wicked sorcerer has placed on the castle?
Master storyteller Alma Flor Ada offers a poetic and magical retelling of a well-loved traditional story about Blancaflor, a mythical young woman who appears in various stories throughout the Hispanic world. Reg Cartwright's boldly colorful and exquisitely stylized art is a perfect accompaniment.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is about three brothers named Santiago, tomas, and matias who have to journey to find there wifes. They came across a old lady and she told them that inorder for gthem to find there wifes, they had to carefully pick three oranges and bring it back to her. She also warned them that inorder to complete that task they had to work as a team. But they didn't and it cause problems on there journey. I liked this book beacause it explain how you should work as a team and the problems that happen when one doesn't help the team out. my assigment for this book is to pair the students up and play the trust game.