El Zipitio (Spanish Ed.)
El Zipitio (Spanish Ed.)
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Annotation: Zipitio, a mythical figure from Central American tradition, woos Rufina Perez, a young Nahua girl of the Pipil people in Salvador, in a beautifully illustrated tale based on the legendary character from Pipil folklore.
Catalog Number: #3258138
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2003
Illustrator: Calderon, Gloria,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-88899-539-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-88899-539-1
Dewey: 398
LCCN: 2003102602
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: Spanish
Word Count: 1,723
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 74525SP / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 940L

Zipitio is older than the rocks, even older than the river, but he doesn't seem old. He is only as big as a child. He wears a tall black hat and has a round shiny stomach. His feet point backwards and his toes sport long pointy nails, and when you look at him you don't know if he is coming or going. But there is no real need to be afraid of him. He hides down by the river. The only time you will see him is when he falls in love. Rufina Prez is a young Nahua girl of the Pipil people in Salvador. Her mother wants her to be prepared in case Zipitio appears to her down by the river, now that she is becoming so pretty and grown-up. Sure enough, the next time Rufina goes down to the river, there he is. Rufina runs away and leaves Zipitio crying of a broken heart. But Rufina's mother is wise. She knows that Zipitio has fallen in love with every young woman in the village. She knows that there is nothing to fear. Best of all, she knows how to help Rufina deal with Zipitio's love.

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