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Blancaflor: The Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America



by
Nadja Spiegelman
illustrated by
Sergio García Sánchez

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Toon Books
Imprint
Toon Books
ISBN
9781943145553
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Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion
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A damsel to the rescue!

Raised by a mean ogre of a father who eats his opponents for dinner, Blancaflor is often told not to show off her own considerable powers for fear of scaring off suitors. When a prince falls from the sky and wakes up in her lap, she is spellbound and moves heaven and earth to help the endearing, yet not so clever, young man, all while trying not to let him know. With their trademark magnificent brio, Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez update a classic tale extolling the strength and resourcefulness of women.

Introduction by F. Isabel Campoy. Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations were drawn in India ink and colored digitally.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

52

Trim Size

10" x 7 4/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

GN540L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2022

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Fairy Tales/Folktales

Topics

Fairy tales. Ghouls and ogres. Princes. Magic. Ability. Fantasy. Latin American folklore adaptations. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Blancaflor's hungry ogre father has invited a prince to test his luck in the usually impossible game of the Ogre's Three. If the prince loses, he'll be eaten by the father and Blancaflor's family will inherit the prince's kingdom; if he wins, he gets the ogre's castle. When the prince arrives and is given near-impossible tasks to complete, Blancaflor finds herself captivated by him and does everything within her power to ensure that her father loses. The use of intricate, curved lines adds visual intrigue to natural elements in this clever and humorous take on a feminist fairy tale told around the world. Scenic panels, particularly those involving the royal family, take on a pastel, stained glass aesthetic. Vertical paneling in the physical environment (in buildings and in nature) skillfully conveys physical movement and story progression in a limited space, and power is often depicted via an effective use of exaggerated character scaling. The prince appears light-skinned-his parents have different skin tones implying different racial or ethic backgrounds-while Blancaflor and her sisters appear to be darker-skinned, likely of mixed European and Indigenous heritage despite having an ogre parent. An introduction is included, and there is a full Spanish-language version; in the English version, only the lyrics to the Spanish Renaissance song "Din Dirin Din" appear in Spanish. VERDICT This version of the classic story is a lovely confluence of European and North American culture that celebrates the strength and wit of a young girl whose abilities have been overlooked or underestimated.-Alea Perez, Elmhurst P.L., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Blancaflor's hungry ogre father has invited a prince to test his luck in the usually impossible game of the Ogre's Three. If the prince loses, he'll be eaten by the father and Blancaflor's family will inherit the prince's kingdom; if he wins, he gets the ogre's castle. When the prince arrives and is given near-impossible tasks to complete, Blancaflor finds herself captivated by him and does everything within her power to ensure that her father loses. The use of intricate, curved lines adds visual intrigue to natural elements in this clever and humorous take on a feminist fairy tale told around the world. Scenic panels, particularly those involving the royal family, take on a pastel, stained glass aesthetic. Vertical paneling in the physical environment (in buildings and in nature) skillfully conveys physical movement and story progression in a limited space, and power is often depicted via an effective use of exaggerated character scaling. The prince appears light-skinned-his parents have different skin tones implying different racial or ethic backgrounds-while Blancaflor and her sisters appear to be darker-skinned, likely of mixed European and Indigenous heritage despite having an ogre parent. An introduction is included, and there is a full Spanish-language version; in the English version, only the lyrics to the Spanish Renaissance song "Din Dirin Din" appear in Spanish. VERDICT This version of the classic story is a lovely confluence of European and North American culture that celebrates the strength and wit of a young girl whose abilities have been overlooked or underestimated.-Alea Perez, Elmhurst P.L., IL

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