Souci, Robert D.
THE TWINS AND THE BIRD OF
DARKNESS : A HERO TALE FROM THE CARIBBEAN
New York : Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 3.7
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seven-headed bird is making life miserable for the inhabitants of Guadeloupe,
and the only way the king can save the island is to sacrifice his beautiful
daughter, Marie. Of course, he refuses. But, Marie, anxious to end the
misery of her people, secretly goes to where the Bird of Darkness broods.
Immediately, she is snatched up in itís mighty claws and carried off. The
king promises half his kingdom and his riches as well as his daughterís
hand in marriage to anyone who will return Marie to him. It is Soliday,
the goodhearted, brave twin who vows to save Marie with the help of his
evil, lazy brother. But Salacota betrays him and leaves Soliday to die.
Be prepared for shivers down your spine as you read this story to discover
if Salacota the evil succeeds. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)
Twins -- Folklore.
Heroes -- Folklore.
Folklore -- Caribbean Area.
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