Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 18
- Grade: p to 12
- Reading age: 0
Once upon a time people and animals kept on having baby after baby, and the world grew more and more crowded. Death decided to solve this problem by challenging everyone to a jump-rope contest that she, being immortal, was sure to win. One by one, Toad, Monkey, Coyote, Rabbit and Alligator succumbed to her dare. But then along came Grasshopper with his ingenious tricks.
This book features the work of Francisco Toledo, one of Mexico's most famous contemporary indigenous artists, who did a series of engravings of Death -- a dominant figure in Mexican culture -- skipping with animals, which feature largely in Zapotec culture.
About the authors
Natalia Toledo is an award-winning bilingual poet in Zapotec and Spanish.
Francisco Toledo is heir to the rich period of Mexican contemporary art created by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and others from their generation. Toledo and his daughter Natalia are members of the Zapotec community from the Tehuantepec peninsula of Mexico. He has received the Mexican National Prize, the Prince Claus Award and the Right Livelihood Award for his social and cultural commitment to Oaxaca. Franciso and his daughter live in Mexico.
...Toledo's detailed watercolour paintings and engravings are luxuriously earthy and clearly capture and represent the Zapotec culture's concepts of death. Each panel is a powerful piece of art that can stand alone in any art gallery...
Highly recommended for all libraries.
...an artistic, entertaining, and literary story...
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