Synopses & Reviews
The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez. Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious—especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she goes on the land to hunt for food. When she gets too close to his family and is discovered, she learns that some humans are kind. Even though she escapes unharmed and promises never to get too close to a human again, Guapa still sneaks over to the boy's house some evenings, where she finds a warm pastelito in the pocket of his jacket on the clothesline.
In a time not so long ago and on an island not so far away lived a tribe of creatures called ciguapas. They lived in cool blue caves underwater and came out on land only at night to hunt for food. Luckily, they had a secret that kept them safe from humans. But once, their secret was almost discovered. . . .
Award-winning author Julia Alvarez weaves a magical tale about a brave and bold ciguapa named Guapa, whose curiosity -- and love of mangoes and fried pastelitos -- nearly costs her tribe their freedom. Matched with exquisite illustrations by Fabian Negrin, this captivating tale will linger long in readers' imaginations.
En un isla no muy lejana, en una epoca no muy distante, habia una tribu de criaturas llamadas ciguapas. Vivian en frescas cuevas azules en el fondo del mar y salian a la tierra solamente de noche en busca de alimentos. Afortunadamente, tenian un secreto que las protegia de los seres humanos: tenian los pies al reves, asi nadie podia seguirles las huellas. Pero una vez, casi descubren su secreto . . .
La galardonado escritora Julia Alvarez teje un cuento magico sobre una valiente y aguerrida ciguapa llamada Guapa, cuya curiosidad y gusto por los mangos y los pastelitos--casi le cuesta la libertad a su tribu. Complementado por las exquisitas ilustraciones de Fabian Negrin, este cautivador relato, basado en una leyenda dominicana, permanecera en el recuerdo del lector.
Award-winning author Julia Alvarez weaves a magical tale about a tribe of creatures called ciguapas and the secret that keeps them safe from humans.