The golden flower : a Taino myth from Puerto Rico (#15554Q8)

by Jaffe, Nina; illustrated by Sanchez, Enrique O.

10 reviews & awards | 8 full-text reviews

Hardcover Pinata Books, 2005
Price: USD 17.50
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.7
AR 3.7 LG .5 70338EN; LEX 580L; F&P M


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Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996. Contains a Taino origin myth, in simple text with illustrations, and includes a story from folklore that explains the existence of the forest, sea, and island called Puerto Rico.

From the Publisher
Long ago, the island of Puerto Rico was called Boriquen . . . . And so begins this myth from the Taino, one of the indigenous cultures of the West Indies. Exquisitely penned by a gifted storyteller, this unique tale tells how a golden flower brought water to the world. Full color. Baby/Preschool."

Product Details
  • Publisher: Pinata Books
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2005
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: Sanchez, Enrique O., 1942- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-55885-452-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-452-9
  • LCCN: 2004-055420
  • Follett Number: 15554Q8
  • Catalog Number: 1558854525
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.7
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.7
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 70338EN
  • Lexile: 580L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: M

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 06/01/01
  • Booklist, 06/01/96
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 06/01/96
  • Elementary School Library Collection, 06/01/00
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/96
  • Kirkus Reviews, 04/15/05
  • Library Media Connection, 02/01/06
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 06/03/96
  • Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor, 1998
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/96

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (Vol. 92, No. 19 (June 1, 1996))
Ages 5-8. The style is simple, but this popular Taino Indian creation story gets rather complicated. In the beginning, people live on a single mountain. After a boy finds and plants some seeds, a beautiful forest grows on the mountain top. When two men fight over an enormous, noisy calabaza (pumpkin) in the forest, it rolls down the mountain, crashes on a rock, and splits wide open; the ocean with all its creatures spills out. Luckily, the waters stop rising when they reach the forest. Thus, the island of Puerto Rico is born. Glowing colors, stylized figures, and overlays are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle. An illuminating author's note is appended.

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