The Cricket of Aquino / El grillo de Aquino

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Author: Antía Edras
Illustrator: Iván Redueño
Spanish-English Translator: Lawrence Schimel

Summary

Brother Tomas walks through the surroundings of the town of Aquino. He meditates in silence, says his prayers, admires the surrounding landscape and satisfactorily enjoys the peace this moment conveys. The unexpected meeting with an astonishing speaking cricket, making simple questions will make him ponder.

Comment

Not often stories for children and youngsters address themes related to divinity. Antia Edras portraits it in this work without avoiding her responsibility as a writer for children, not forgetting the necessary ingredient of fiction and entertainment, which will make the reading final thoughts more evocative. Thanks to the dialogue between Brother Tomas and the speaking cricket, this short story leads the reader to the deepest questions, questions difficult to solve at the earliest age, but that they have to be made sooner or later if one aspires to live a full intellectual experience. Who benefits the creation of the World? is the final question posed by Antia Edras’ story. The Aquino’s cricket does not seem to be very satisfied with this creation. The author suggests young readers are finally compelled to meditate and draw their own conclusions, an insight of those they will have to answer in the adult age.

Data seet

  • Original language: Spanish
  • Bilingual Spanish-English publication
  • Size: 31 x 28 x 1 cm.
  • 14 one-ink sheets coloured by hand
  • No. of pages: 16
  • ISBN: 978-84-16059-04-1
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