Synopses & Reviews
This dream-like story of an enchanted princeandmdash;caught by a spell in the body of a green birdandmdash;begins with the introduction of nine curious sisters. Each has a different number of eyes, beginning with the oldest, who has nine, down to the youngest, with just one. The green bird proposes marriage to Mirabel, the two-eyed sister. Though her siblings mock her and her mother forbids it, Mirabelandrsquo;s steadfast vision sees past the bird to a handsome prince, and she marries him! One by one, the envious mother dispatches her other daughters to the green birdandrsquo;s palace to spy on who he really is. They are overcome with the beauty of their sisterandrsquo;s palace, and by the power of a sleeping potion the prince has provided to Mirabel. Only the littlest sister stays awake long enough to see the green bird sing in each window of the palace and then enter and change into a prince. Her discovery prompts the mother to set a cruel trap; Pand#225;jaro Verde is forced to leave on a long journey to sickness and oblivion. But Mirabelandrsquo;s love seeks him out, even in the house of the sun and the moon, and in the end restores to him his marriage and his kingdom.
Joe Hayes is one of Americaandrsquo;s premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures of the Southwest. Joe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels extensively throughout the U.S.
Antonio Castro L. was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He has illustrated dozens of childrenandrsquo;s books, including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House) and The Life of Louis Pasteur (Twenty-First Century Books). He lives in Juand#225;rez. His son, Antonio, the designer of this book, lives across the border in El Paso, Texas.
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Written in both Spanish and English. An enchanting tale of magical New Mexican folklore. This dream-like story of an enchanted prince-caught by a spell in the body of a green bird-begins with the introduction of nine sisters; Each has a different number of eyes. The green bird proposes marriage to Mirabel, the two-eyed sister, and seeing past the fa'ade to the handsome prince, she accepts. When the envious mother dispatches her other daughters to the green bird's palace to spy on who he really is, they are overcome with the beauty of the palace, and by a powerful sleeping potion. But things do not run as smoothly as planned, and Mirabel and the green bird must struggle to overcome the mother's cruel trap.
Storyteller Joe Hayes tells another classic tale in Spanish and English from New Mexico's magical folklore.
About the Author
Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers-a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers. His bilingual books are used in schools all over the United States. For twenty-six summers Joe has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. He has shared stories in over 3,000 schools and spoken at educational conferences throughout the country. He has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and one of his tales was chosen for the book Best Loved Stories Told At The National Storytelling Festival. His first book, The Day It Snowed Tortillas, was published in 1982. It is a collection of some of Joe's favorite Hispanic stories from New Mexico, and has become a regional classic.