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Pedro and the Padre

Aardema, Verna.  1991.  Pedro and the Padre: a tale from Jalisco, Mexico.  New York: Dial Books.


Summary:  In this Mexican folktale, a lazy boy learns a lesson about flying (Verso 1991).
 
Type:  Realistic - because it could have happened.
 
Characters: Pedro is a lazy kid who tells lies just because; padre is the priest that is teaching Pedro a lesson.  He is very compassionate, patient, and forgiving.  Pedro finally learns to tell the truth after his lies almost killed him.
 
Setting: There is no reference to the time or place of this tale except the title page.  It says this is a tale from Jalisco, Mexico.  The illustrations give away the setting.  The characters wear sombreros, bright colored shawls, ride donkeys, speak Spanish, and have dark hair and tan skin.
 
Plot:  Pedro continuously tells lies to people to see what he can get away with until he is almost killed by two men.  He goes back to the padre to start fresh with him and God.
 
Theme: Telling lies won't get you anywhere.  The truth will set you free.

Rating: 4 out of 5
I really liked this story because it was different.  It was unlike any folktale I had read before.  The story was simple and the main character came up with wild lies for no reason.  Even though the illustrations were lighter in color than most of the vivid folktales, they had very intricate details on each page that I really enjoyed. 





Additional Feature:
 

Here are some quotes from my students:
 
"I don't understand why Pedro kept lying."
 
"I liked the story. I am glad the padre forgave him."
 
"I think it is sad the father kicked him out."
 
"The pictures were very detailed."
 
"I don't like the color of the pictures."

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