The Woman Who Outshone the Sun: The Legend of Lucia Zenteno = La Mujer Que Brillaba Aun Mas Que El Sol: La Leyenda de Lucia Zenteno

Alejandro Cruz Martinez, Author, Rosalma Zubizarreta, Joint Author, Fernando Olivera, Illustrator Children's Book Press (CA) $15.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-89239-101-1
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.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Paperback - 30 pages - 978-0-89239-126-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-4071-6
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-7857-3595-3
Prebound-Glued - 978-1-61383-272-1
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