THE INVISIBLE HUNTERS; MOTHER SCORPION COUNTRY by Harriet; Octavio Chow & Morris Vidaure Rohmer


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Two legends from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua, told in both English and Spanish. Dramatic and straightforward, The Invisible Hunters tells what happens when greed for trader's money overcomes three hunters' duty to their people; while Mother Scorpion Country is the story of Kati and her husband Naklili, and the love that links them in life and death (the parallels to the Orpheus/Eurydice myth are obvious, as are the cultural differences that make this story unique). Both titles are nicely designed, handling the difficult layout of the bilingual text without confusion. Although by different artists, both are also illustrated in collage, brilliantly colored, with a sense of depth and movement. Joe Sam's use of light and dark in The lnvisible Hunters is especially effective. While The Invisible Hunters is the more successful with regard to text and illustration, these two titles fill a great need for folk and cultural materials from Central America in accessible format for children as well as adults. They are not only useful and timely but well-designed and eminently readable. Fine additions to English, bilingual, foreign-language and folk-tale collections.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1987
Publisher: Children's Book Press--dist. by Tallman (150 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011)