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How hard can it possibly be to pick a few oranges?
This was such a richly detailed story. Everything from the farm that Santiago, Tomás, and Matías lived on to the faraway garden they needed to find in order to pick their magical oranges was described so vividly that I could picture exactly what they looked like every time I closed my eyes. I wasn’t at all familiar with this legend before I read this retelling of it, but now I want to know even more about it.
The ending was a letdown. After all of the time the narrator spent explaining the brothers’ quest, I was surprised and disappointed by how abruptly it ended. There wasn’t the sense of closure in their journey that I was expecting to find. Instead, the story suddenly ended at a spot where it sure felt like it should have kept going on for at least another scene or two.
Speaking of the quest, my ears perked up as soon as the old woman warned these characters that bad things would happen to them if they didn’t follow her instructions on what to do during it perfectly. One of the things I always find interesting to read about in this genre is what happens when the hero either forgets or consciously chooses not to follow the instructions of their elders while they’re trying to accomplish an important goal. It was a lot of fun to see if these brothers followed the rules and what happened to them while they were walking towards their destination.
I’d recommend The Three Golden Oranges to anyone who enjoys fairy tales.
The plot is like a 3 year old thought it up . . . and then she turns into a dove and then the brothers get taken back to jail . . . and then the women turn back into oranges. It just doesn't make sense. But the illustrations are pretty and it is an old folktale so I guess it doesn't need to make perfect sense.