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Kiki Kokí
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Kiki Kokí
La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí: The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog)
A magical Spanish-language tale, Kiki Koki tells the story of a little Taino Indian boy who is too lazy to help his tribe prepare for the Moon Festival. To punish Kiki Koki, the Moon Goddess turns him...
A magical Spanish-language tale, Kiki Koki tells the story of a little Taino Indian boy who is too lazy to help his tribe prepare for the Moon Festival. To punish Kiki Koki, the Moon Goddess turns him...
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  • A magical Spanish-language tale, Kiki Koki tells the story of a little Taino Indian boy who is too lazy to help his tribe prepare for the Moon Festival. To punish Kiki Koki, the Moon Goddess turns him into a tree frog. To return to his human form, he must rescue his new frog friends from dangerous pirates, and, in the process, learns that friendship takes courage, dedication, and hard work. With its vibrant illustrations, heartwarming message, and adorable hero, children will love this fun tale.

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  • Ed Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child he visited his grandparents in Puerto Rico and like most children was taken by the island's natural beauty and intrigued by the singing coquí frog. After a family trip with his own children, Ed was inspired to create Kiki Kokí. It is Ed's hope that children all over the world are introduced to the coquí frog through his book and learn to love and protect the coquí and other endangered species. Ed currently lives in California with his wife, Nancy, and their three children, where he works developing toys, art and family entertainment.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2015
    An insolent Taino boy learns a valuable lesson in cooperative behavior when he is magically transformed into a tree frog in this Spanish-language retelling of a Puerto Rican folk tale. The good children living on the island of Boriken help their mothers and fathers with the daily fishing and fruit gathering and then attend the full moon festival. Kiki Koki is lazy and indifferent, declaring that the festival is stupid and that helping is no fun. Forbidden from attending, Koki runs away and is turned into a golden tree frog by the angry moon goddess. Koki must show, for 30 days, his willingness to help the other frogs, or he will remain a tree frog forever. The chastened Koki works with his new amphibian friends to clean, gather food and cook, and even demonstrates a newfound selflessness when he helps them escape a group of rat pirates. Impressed, the moon goddess sends him back home as a boy, and he becomes the best helper while still having fun. Former Disney designer Rodriguez takes the coqui frog, the Puerto Rican national symbol, and uses bold, opaque colors to capture it in a caricature that will be familiar to cartoon-savvy youngsters. The dense tropical forests contain both breech-clout-clad Indians and fanciful amphibian villages with modern conveniences. Previously self-published, this tale ably uses a modern artistic approach to tell an age-old tale of virtue and its rewards. (Spanish picture book. 5-8)

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    April 1, 2015

    K-Gr 2-In this Spanish-language picture book, Rodriguez presents one of the legends surrounding the unofficial symbol of Puerto Rico: the coqui. A Taino boy, Kiki Koki, does not like doing any work around his village. As a consequence, he is banned from attending the Moon Festival. A torrential rain sweeps the boy away and nearly drowns him until two frogs save his life. When discovering that the moon goddess has turned him into a little golden frog, Koki is overcome with sadness. The lizard witch, Mona, tells him that he must remain in "Frogville" (la villa de las ranas) and do good deeds for 30 days before he can ask the goddess to change him back into a boy. Rodriguez takes artistic license with his full-color, Disney-like cartoon illustrations and cherry-picks period dress and architecture from the entire span of post-conquest Puerto Rican history. The frogs are depicted wearing everything from top hats to guayabera shirts, both of which were nonexistent in the 1500s. In addition, town life features snow-cone pushcarts and a SpongeBob-inspired pineapple house. Aside from this revoltijo (medley) of disparate details, the story and illustrations are entertaining and even introduce a motley gang of pirates who want to frognap and enslave all of Koki's amphibian friends. Koki saves the day and learns a lesson about the importance of cooperation. VERDICT Young readers will enjoy this Taino Indian origin myth.-Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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