The Witch's Face: A Mexican Tale

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Don Aurelio falls in love with a witch who has a beautiful face but fails to heed her special instructions.

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Eric A. Kimmel, Professor of Education at Portland State University, lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Doris. He has retold, adapted, or written a number of stories from around the world. The Following titles number among his most humorous books: "The Old Woman and Her Pig", "Anansi Goes Fishing", "Nanny Goat and the Seven Little Kids", and "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock".

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Grade 3-5-In this picture book, Don Aurelio stumbles into the lair of three witches who eat spiders and drink blood. The youngest of the trio pities him and tells him how to escape as well as how to release her from the other witches' thrall. He must steal her face from its hiding place and burn it, replacing it with one of his own making. However, he falters. Her face is so beautiful that he can't bear to destroy it. She wears the ugly face of leather that he made, but of course his broken promise is discovered at last, and she must resume her anguished witchhood. Trying to chase her as she flies away, he falls from the window and is crippled for life, never marries, and leaves vain regrets as his epitaph. Kimmel has chosen to retell one of the most resonant of the Mexican witch-tales. It is filled with fear and danger, horror and beauty, love and betrayal, useless penance, and redemption denied-strong stuff, and Vanden Broeck's illustrations don't take the curse off, though their beauty is alluring. Grainy shadows tipped with colorful fire give a shuddery immediacy to the desolation of the landscape. One can almost hear the warning creak of the single lantern over the door of the witches' house. A hair-raiser at any time of the year.
Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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