Light Foot/Pies ligeros

$18.00 each


A Zapotec story that serves as a complement to celebrations of el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).



It all began when Death saw that all the humans and animals were having baby after baby but no one was dying, and the world was getting way too crowded. So Death challenges everyone to a rope-skipping contest and, being immortal, she thinks she is sure to win. One by one, Man, Toad, Monkey, Iguana, Coyote, Rabbit and Alligator keel over, and Death even manages to steal a pair of leather shoes from Man’s body. Then along comes Grasshopper…


Young readers will giggle as each animal is enticed into Death’s game; and they will find out why you never hear Death when she comes into a house, and why Grasshopper never did stop jumping. Light Foot/Pies ligeros is a complement to celebrations of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).



Author: Natalia Toledo (Zapotec), and Francisco Toledo (Zapotec), and translated by Elisa Amado

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Francisco Toledo (Zapotec)

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2007

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Zapotec