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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Alejandro Cruz
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2002, Mar. 2001

Synopsis: In this retelling of a Mexican legend, a beautiful, strange newcomer is feared by the villagers. When they drive her away, the river, which has fallen in love with the woman's beauty, leaves with her. Thus the villagers learn the high cost of intolerance.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Cut out either a picture or Lucia, or just her skirt, and inside draw or write the way people should be treated as Lucia taught, or other lessons Lucia taught.
•  Make the butterflies that traveled with Lucia.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!