Crystal Eyes / Ojos de cristal

Clara Ortega



Author: Clara Ortega
Illustrator: Albino Torres
Spanish-English Translator: Lawrence Schimel


Elsa, the puppet, has been abandoned. The poet finds her but he abandons her again. The painter does not take care of her appropriately. Passing of time ages her dress and hair. Elsa feels sorry for herself. Who would want her with such a dreadful look? Until a girl pays attention to her, picks her up and takes with her. Finally, the puppet Elsa feels alive.


Clara Ortega introduces a story mingled of emotions and symbolic references: the moon and the night, the poet and the painter, the storm, the crows, the abandonment and the later emergency of life, finally the old age. The puppet Elsa adds a greater symbolism. As the story goes on, we discover that Elsa, whose desire to live grows as she fades away, is not an inanimate character; conversely, the puppet longs for feeling human emotions, even the heartbeat.
The author uses this character to talk young readers about the complex experience life implies. Elsa may not know that, but the difficulties she goes through are a matter of life itself, in which abandonment and care come one after another, splendour and decline, fondness and callousness. Eyes of glass is a story over maturity and difficulties surrounding the way there, an abandonment story crowned by final calm, the pleasant serenity one wishes to top every process of personal growth.

Data seet

  • Original language: Spanish
  • Bilingual Spanish-English publication
  • Size: 31 x 28 x 1 cm.
  • 13 one-ink sheets coloured by hand
  • No. of pages: 15
  • ISBN: 978-84-16059-08-9
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