As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too the Civil War.
Iwariwa the cayman refuses to share the fire that he uses to cook his food, until the animals of the Venezuelan rain forest come up with an ingenious scheme to trick him, in a traditional myth from the Yanomami people of South America.
Well known for the charm, humor, and beauty of his writing, Aquiles Nazoa was one of Venezuela\’s most famous poets. Here he delightfully retells the Christmas story, while young Venezuelan artist and designer Ana Palmero Cáceres provides enriching, marvelous paintings laden with symbolism and pathos. Presented as a series of altar pieces and richly decorated with gold leaf, Cáceres\’s paintings use symbols and animals native to the Americas as frames for the story of how simple, humble Mary and Joseph sought a place for the birth of their son.
While searching for a lost sheep, a Goajiro Indian shepherd boy encounters a monster that is neither a cow nor a horse, nor any other creature he has ever seen, and when his family assures him it is not a demon but an outsider’s truck, the knowledge changes his life.