SONG OF THE CHIRIMIA: A Guatemalan Folktale by Jane Anne--Adapt. & Illus. Volkmer

SONG OF THE CHIRIMIA: A Guatemalan Folktale

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A bilingual presentation of a story that combines a common folkloric motif (a sad princess given in marriage to the suitor who makes her smile) with a mythic element (the princess sets her lover the task of singing like the birds; he succeeds when the Great Spirit gives him the first musical instrument). The story is nicely told, with some amusing contemporary touches (the king says, ""If she wishes, you may marry her""). Volkmer's illustrations, inspired by Mayan art, are very simply drawn and vibrantly colored: stong, bold, but rather stolid. A good addition to Latin American story collections.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1990
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda