Summary: A young man realizes his dream by listening to the voice of nature
Type: Beast and Realistic - Beast because the birds talk like humans and realistic
because the story could have happened anytime, anywhere, except for the birds talking.
Characters: The main character Juan is hardworking, determined, and warm-hearted.
Grandpa Chon, who helps Juan and gives him some land, is very caring and trustworthy. The personalities of these two
characters overshadow the jealosy and rudeness of the other villagers.
Setting: The story does not mention a time or place, just a little village with
lots of land to tend crops. The illustrations show mountains in the background, lush fields, and hardworking farmers
that illustrate the Indian culture in Mexico.
Plot: Juan desperately wants to have his own land. He asks people to help
him, but they just laugh at him and tell him he could never grow anything. Grandpa Chon helps him out by giving him
a small piece of land and Juan works very hard to grow things. From the help of his birds and his good judgement, he
is able to grow some of the best crops.
Theme: Family and friends are more important than material things.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I thoroughly enjoyed this folktale. The illustrations were beautiful, rich in color, and enhanced the text.
This story is short and sweet, with a great moral at the end.