Eric A. Kimmel The Fisherman and the Turtle

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In the tale of “The Fisherman and the Turtle,” set during the time of the Aztecs, a fisherman catches a magi cal turtle who grants wishes in exchange for being released. The fisherman’s wife nags her husband to ask for increasingly extravagant wishes, and in the end learns that greed is not the road to happiness.

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Author Eric A. Kimmel is a master storyteller who has adapted, retold, or written more than eighty tales. He visits schools all over the world, entertaining children with his banjo while telling them stories from different cultures. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Doris.

Illustrator Martha Aviles lives with her family in Mexico City. She has illustrated Amelia's Show-and-Tell Fiesta and is working on the illustrations for a new story about Quinceañera.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—In ancient Mexico, a fisherman catches a green sea turtle in his net. The turtle is one of the seven sons of Opochtli, god of the sea, and will grant the fisherman a wish in exchange for his freedom. The fisherman's wife is dissatisfied with her husband's wish for a good catch and sends him back to wish for first wealth and then power. Unhappy with both, she wants to become a god. Paddling out into the black water of an angry sea, the fisherman calls out one final time to the turtle, who asks what the man wants for himself and grants it. He returns to his hut to find his wife a stone statue, like the other Aztec gods. Aviles uses acrylics and liquid watercolor, as well as motifs from Aztec art, in the brightly patterned illustrations. She changes the placid, blue-green sea in the opening pages to a truly frightful place at the end. Kimmel reminds readers that "the great turtle still swims in the sea" and asks what they might wish for. Pair this story with Margaret Read MacDonald's The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle (August House, 1997) or a version of the Grimm brothers' "The Fisherman and His Wife" for an interesting exploration of the same folktale in different cultures.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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