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The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

Jaffe's syncopated prose invites children to enter the world of this joyful creation myth while imagining that they are gathered in a circle under on a tropical night listening to the words of a taíno storyteller.

"...The book is large enough to share with a group, and the words flow smoothly across the bottom of the pages without interrupting the illustrations. Sanchez's acrylic-and-gouache art creates a magically rendered indigenous setting with vibrant colors and angular designs. The characters' emotions are easily interpreted and contribute to the mood of the story. A worthy addition to any folktale collection."
-School Library Journal


Named an ALA Pura Belpré Award Honor Book, The Golden Flower is available for the first time in Spanish: La flor de oro: Un mito taíno de Puerto (translated by Gabriela Baeza).

Selected Works

picture book
"Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes...A winning tale, unusually well told and presented". (for purchase)
Folktale picture book
"Glowing colors, stylized figures... are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle". - SLJ (for purchase)
"Children will enjoy the triumph of the outcast as well as the loving connections between the generations and between the stories." -Booklist (for purchase)
Folklore collection
Recounting ten myths about drums and drummers from around the globe, Jaffe shows readers both the universal power of drums and the richness of folk traditions. Patakín brings rhythm to life -- on the page! (for purchase)
Folktale anthology
" This fine collection of folktales underscoring differing cultural values and way of considering justice...seem particulary timely for families with school-age children". -New York Times Book Review (for purchase)