The Golden Flower by Nina Jaffe
A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

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Long ago, the island of Puerto Rico was called Boriquen . . . . And so begins this myth from the Taino, one of the indigenous cultures of the West Indies. Exquisitely penned by a gifted storyteller, this unique tale tells how a golden flower brought water to the world. Full color. Baby/Preschool.

About Nina Jaffe

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Nina Jaffe is the author of "The Way Meat Loves Salt" and the biography of Harold Courlander, entitled "A Voice for the People," Steve Zeitlin is the director of City Lore in New York City. The two authors have also collaborated on a sequel to "While Standing on One Foot," called "The Cow of No Color," John Segal's illustrations have appeared in picture books and numerous magazines. Sanchez is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and now lives in Vermont.
Published April 30, 1995 by Prentice Hall & IBD.
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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When two men, fighting over the pumpkin, dropped it, it rolled down the mountain, where it burst open, releasing the sea and “whales, dolphins, crabs, and sunfish.” The waters rose until they stopped at the edge of the magic forest, creating the island of Boriquén.

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His patchwork vision of an arid desert is a kaleidoscopic landscape of many colors: burnt sienna, amber, mauve, tones highlighted by spirals of light circling down from a dazzling sun.

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