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Book Review: The Song of el Coqui and Other Tales of Puerto Rico by Nicholasa Mohr and Antonio Martorell

Title: The Song of el Coquí and Other Tales of Puerto Rico Author: Nicholasa Mohr Illustrator: Antonio Martorell Publisher: Penguin Book Year: 1995 Ages: 6+
The Song of el Coquíand Other Tales of Puerto Rico is a collection of three short stories that represent the three major ethnicities of the island’s population: Spaniards, Africans, and Native Americans. In the first tale, “The Song of el Coquí,” the god Huracán is angry because “there was no music to make him happy.” When Huracán heard the “coquí, coquí” sound of the little frogs, he became happy. “La Guinea: The Stowaway Hen” is about a guinea that slave traders took from a village on the coast of West Africa during a raid. Once in Puerto Rico, the guinea escapes to freedom. A vejigante mask-maker finds the guinea and takes care of it. From then on, the guinea inspires his art. In the third tale, “La Mula, the Cimarron Mule,” a mule arrives in Puerto Rico from the port of Cádiz in Spain. After being sold at the marketplace in San J…

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