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THE WITCH'S FACE by Eric A. Kimmel


A Mexican Tale

adapted by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1993
ISBN: 0-8234-1038-2
Publisher: Holiday House

To his ever-lengthening series of retellings of great world folktales Kimmel adds the dark, intensely dramatic story of Don Aurelio, who falls in love with the beautiful young witch Emilia. He delivers her from an enslavement to evil by replacing her lovely witch's mask with a rough, homely one. But his love is not strong enough to survive the loss of her beauty; as she sleeps, he restores her former face (instead of destroying it as he had sworn to do) and thus loses her forever. The illustrations are tense and foreboding; judicious use of black overpainting makes them dramatically dark despite the vivid colors. Emilia's true face is never seen, a frustration to young readers that nonetheless deepens the mystery. A spellbinding readaloud for older children. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-11)