The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories
Universal stories of pain and joy, celebration and disappointment told against the backdrop of Mexican-American culture.
by Diane De Anda
Publication Date: May 31, 1999
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 8 to 12
The title story of Diane de Anda’s delightful new collection is a tale of nature in conflict with modern surroundings. City children love the excitement of barnyard animals as much as they do any wild thing; through these creatures, youngsters can even sense what their parents’ and grandparents’ lives were like back in the campo. But a loudly crowing rooster makes for unhappy parents and neighbors. Must we give up the magic of wildness to live in the cities and suburbs? In the story “Tía Luisa,” De Anda seems to ask: Must we also give up the magic of our old ways of life, for all new ways?
Also featured in this collection are “Dancing Miranda,” the beautiful story of a graceful young dancer, and “Mari, Mari, Mariposa,” about a girl whose fascination with butterflies leads to unexpected problems. All of De Anda’s tales, in fact, are parables of pain and joy, disappointment and celebration.
“A delightful anthology of five ‘slice-of-life’ stories with a lyrical prose style.”—Children’s Bookwatch
“Young characters bask in the warmth of of family and community; they grow in beauty and confidence with love and careful nurturing that they receive.”—MultiCultural Review
DIANE DE ANDA, a professor in the department of Social Welfare at UCLA, is the author of a previous collection of short fiction for young readers, The Ice Dove and Other Stories. Her stories and poems have been published in a number of journals and magazines. She is also the author of numerous articles and books including Controversial Issues in Multiculturalism and Project Peace.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle Grades
Category: Intermediate Reader
ATOS English: 5.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 35016