The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez

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The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez. Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious--especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she goes on the land to hunt for food. When she gets too close to his family and is discovered, she learns that some humans are kind. Even though she escapes unharmed and promises never to get too close to a human again, Guapa still sneaks over to the boy's house some evenings, where she finds a warm pastelito in the pocket of his jacket on the clothesline.

About Julia Alvarez

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Julia Alvarez is the award-winning author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and íYo!Fabian Negrin has illustrated Dora's Box and The Selfish Giant for Knopf.
Published September 19, 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their unusual anatomy helps preserve their hidden existence--their feet are on backward, so that ""when they walked on land, they left footprints going in the opposite directions."" But Guapa, an especially beautiful ciguapa, does not fear humans, even after the ciguapa queen warns her that if th...

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