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Rosa Raposa by F. Isabel Campoy

Rosa Raposa

by F. Isabel Campoy

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Set in the Amazon Rainforest in South America, a witty fox, Rosa Raposa, tricks a Jaguar in three different trickster tales. The first tale, A Cry For Help, is about a Jaguar who tricked a "chango-monkey' into helping him out of a ditch, although when the Jaguar doesn't uphold to his bargain of getting the monkey bananas, Rosa tricks the Jaguar back into the hole. In the second tale, A Strong North Wind, Rosa is out swinging from a vine when she notices the Jaguar in a bush of leaves. By telling the Jaguar a cyclone is coming, the Jaguar is distracted from hurting Rosa and decides that he wants to be strapped to a tree so he will not be blown away. Rosa again, tricks the Jaguar. In the final tale, The Green Dress, Rosa is extremely thirsty, but she knows that Jaguar is waiting for her by the river. She decides to use the honey from a beehive to glue green leaves all over her fur, that way she blends in with nature. As she is chased by the angry bees, she makes her way into the water for a drink, and as her leaves float away, Jaguar notices Rosa and chases her. Once Rosa swims deep in the water, the bees switch their target to the Jaguar.

The central message of this book is that a small fox can outwit a big, bad Jaguar. I really liked the watercolors and pastels used in the illustrations. For example, I like how the Jaguar was blue with yellow stripes, because it adds a variation to an actual jaguar. I particularly enjoyed how their were three different tales in the story, rather than a typical book which only has one climax. One aspect of the book I really liked was when Rosa would sing a song after each of the tales. For example, in the first tale where she tricks the Jaguar back into the hole, she sings "Beware of Jaguar's tears. And even if he calls for help, Never get near." Because the illustrations made up most of the pages, it allows children to analyze the pictures and follow along with the tales. ( )
  mkaray1 | Sep 12, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152021612, Hardcover)

Jaguar, the sharp-toothed, beady-eyed bully, is determined to eat Rosa Raposa for dinner. But Jaguar had better watch out, because clever Rosa has some surprises in store for him! In three hilarious South American trickster episodes, Rosa uses her sharp imagination to make Jaguar look like the biggest fool in the forest.
F. Isabel Campoy and bestselling illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have created a story that will keep readers wondering how Rosa Raposa will get the last laugh this time.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:38 -0400)

A wily fox outwits Jaguar in three trickster tales set in the jungles of South America.

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