The Fisherman and the Turtle
In the days of the Aztecs, a fisherman and his wife live in a hut by the sea. One day, the fisherman captures a green turtle, a god in disguise. The turtle grants him a wish in exchange for being released. The fisherman asks simply for four fishes. When his wife finds out, she's furious. Why didn't he wish for a stone house so they could be rich? Three different times, she sends her husband back to the turtle. On each visit, the fisherman asks the turtle to grant the ever-more demanding wishes of his greedy wife. But one day, the wife goes too far and asks to be a god. And she does become like the other gods in Tenochtitlán -a statue carved from stone! Martha Aviles's illustrations rendered in acrylics and liquid watercolors capture the flavor of Aztec art and culture.