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The Secret Footprints

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The Secret Footprints

By Julia Alvarez; Fabin Negrin (Illustrator)

Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780440417477, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2002

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Description
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.

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.



About the Author
Julia Alvarez is the award-winning author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and iYo!Fabian Negrin has illustrated Dora's Box and The Selfish Giant for Knopf. From the Hardcover edition.
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