The Legend of the Coquí

Reycraft. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781478868026.
PreS-Gr 1–For readers who love origin stories and legends, this book answers the question of how the coquí became one of the symbols of Puerto Rico. Lázaro and Robert set the stage: An island with a verdant rain forest, clear tropical waters, and sparkling waterfalls. Then comes the cast: Beautiful birds and animals follow the bucolic cycle of eating and sleeping each and every day. One day the queen of the forest, the green parrot, decides that such lethargy will not stand, and organizes a race; each type of animal is invited to send one of their kind to enter. There is the promise of a prize. Robert’s bright, engaging illustrations capture the excitement and energy of the animals as they prepare; the text demands to be read aloud for its use of onomatopoeia in the sounds of the racers.
VERDICT One small frog successfully crosses the finish line and is rewarded with the sound heard in Puerto Rico to this day. This attractive book offers an exciting variety of curriculum possibilities related to science and language. Highly recommended.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing