Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun
Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun is by Jane Kurtz. Illustrated by David Frampton (1996) Reading Level: Ages 4-8. 32 pages. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0395691818. This book is not available from the publisher but available in many school and public libraries.
"A re-telling of an Inca folktale. Miro sets out on a quest to find the lake at one of the corners of the earth so she can find the magic water to save the prince and free her brothers. Frampton's strikingly bold woodcuts, filled with color and given geometric patterns and borders, are the perfect complement to this tale, evoking the magic and mystery of a vanished ancient culture....Kurtz combines formal language and a contemporary style to make the story at once accessible and other worldly." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Kurtz expands on an Incan folktale, 'The Search for the Magic Lake,' casting it in the dignified, almost reverent prose of a high fantasy quest tale. Frampton's tinted woodcuts, rugged and bold befitting Miro's adventures, incorporate intricately patterned motifs from Incan art in strong and rugged earthtones." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Throughout, Kurtz deftly weaves in details of pre- Conquest Inca life, giving readers a glimpse of a vanished culture as well as a good story. An excellent choice for children ready to go beyond Western fairytale favorites." -- Publishers Weekly
"Kurtz is a superb storyteller....an unusual and outstanding offering." -- School Library Journal