Pilar's father brings a sea turtle home from the day's fishing. He announces that the village will have a fiesta of turtle soup. Pilar names the turtle Antonio and is horrified because at school she has learned there are not many sea turtles left. With her ingenuity and a surprise from Antonio, the village soon celebrates, not a good meal of turtle soup, but the hatching of "Antonio's" babies who join their mother in the sea.
Alethea gives an overview of the book:
Pilar woke up suddenly. Someone was singing. She ran outside and found Señora García sitting with Antonio, holding a candle.
“I couldn’t sleep thinking about Antonio, so I said a prayer and lit this candle for the poor turtle.”
“You do not want to eat turtle soup?”
Señora García shook her head. “No, I do not want to eat Antonio.”
Pilar looked into the vat. She saw something in the candlelight that made her eyes grow big. “You mean Antonia!”
“Antonia?” Señora García asked, but then she held the candle closer and looked in herself.
Alethea Eason is a writer, teacher, and free-lance editor.
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