The Song of the Owl - El Canto de la Lechuza

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About the author:
Delia Berlin was born and raised in Argentina but has spent most of her life in Connecticut. Her professional career has focused on education and administration. With graduate degrees in both Physics and Family Studies, she worked in early intervention and taught child development at the college level. She is also the author of bilingual picture books and parrot care books.

The Song of the Owl - El Canto de la Lechuza

Authored by Delia Berlin
As told by Delia Berlin

In an effort to save their youngster from the Mighty Spirit of the Jungle, owl's parents beg the Spirit to spare the most beautiful baby from an annual sacrifice. With every intention to oblige, the Spirit decides to eat the youngster that to him looks ugliest, with sad consequences.

While dramatic and tragic this folktale forces alternative perspective-taking. It teaches children the intrinsic value of objective description in communication, as well as the potential pitfalls of vanity. Several versions exist and some are titled differently, but this one is the tale I remember listening to while growing up in Argentina.

Desesperados por salvar a su pichón del Espíritu Poderoso de la Selva, lechuzas madre y padre le ruegan al Espíritu que le perdone la vida al jovenzuelo más hermoso durante el sacrificio anual. Tratando de cumplir con este pedido, el Espíritu decide comerse al jovenzuelo que le parece más feo, con consecuencias tristes.

Aunque dramática y trágica esta leyenda fuerza a tomar perspectivas ajenas. Enseña el valor intrínseco de la descripción objetiva en la comunicación, al igual que los riesgos potenciales de la vanidad. Existen varias versiones y algunas tienen diferente título, pero esta es la historia que yo recuerdo haber escuchado durante mi niñez en Argentina.

Publication Date:
149973655X / 9781499736557
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic / General

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