Title: Cocorí

Author: Joaquín Gutiérrez

ISBN: 9789968519038
Description: This review is bilingual. You will find the English version first and after that, you will find the Spanish version.

This lovely tale is one of the most important books ever written in my country, Costa Rica.

I read this book as part of the Spanish program in school.

Cocorí is named after a little Afro-American kid and his innocent adventures in the jungle of Limon, that it’s a province in the Caribbean zone of Costa Rica.

Joaquín Gutierrez, the author of this book, was a member of the Costarrican Language Academy and also he won the “Magón” Culture National Award (that it’s the highest honor gave by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports, in Costa Rica).

The most popular edition of Cocorí is the one that along with the words by Joaquín Gutierrez, there are beautiful caricature drawings made by Hugo Díaz, a very popular artist and cartoonist from Costa Rica.

The story of Cocorí is a surreal tale full of sweet innocence love and a quest leading to the appreciation of life. Cocorí was playing in Limon, when a ship with “white” people arrived to the harbor and he was amazed since he never had met “white” people before. His curiousity made him to get into the ship and in there, he met a young girl with blond hair and blue eyes, something that Cocorí never thought that was possible to exist and in his innocence, he fell in love for the girl.

The girl gave him a rose, and in exchange, he promised to get a Tití monkey. However when he got back with the monkey, the ship had already left. Cocorí was heartbroken but at least he had the flower, but he sadly found out that the rose was withered. Cocorí couldn’t understand why the flower died so soon.

The young Cocorí begins a philosophical journey with the company of the jester Tití monkey and Doña Modorra, an old and wise turtle. They will meet several characters looking for an answer.

This book will put a sweet tear in your eye and a candid smile in your mouth.


Este encantador cuento es uno de los libros más importantes que se hayan escrito en mi país, Costa Rica.

Yo leí este libro como parte del programa de Español en la escuela.

Cocorí es nombrado por un niño afro-americano y sus inocentes aventuras en la jungla de Limón, que es una provincia en la zona del Caribe de Costa Rica.

Joaquín Gutierrez, el autor de este libro, fué miembro de la Academía de la Lengua de Costa Rica y también ganó el Premio Nacional de Cultura “Magón” (que es el más alto honor dado por el Ministerio de Juventud, Cultura y Deportes, en Costa Rica).

La edición más popular de Cocorí es la que junto a las palabras por Joaquín Gutierrez, están los hermosos dibujos caricaturezcos hechos por Hugo Díaz, un muy popular artista y caricaturista de Costa Rica.

La historia de Cocorí es un cuento surreal lleno de dulce amor inocente y una búsqueda conduciendo a la apreciación de la vida. Cocorí estaba jugando en Limón, cuando un barco con gente “blanca” arriva al muelle y él estaba asombrado debido a que nunca había conocido gente “blanca” antes. Su curiosidad hizo que se metiera en el barco y allí, él conoce a una joven niña con cabello rubio y ojos azules, algo que Cocorí nunca pensó que fuera posible de existir y en su inocencia, el se enamora de la niña.

La niña le dá una rosa, y a cambio, él promete conseguir un mono Tití. Sin embargo cuando regresa con el mono, la nave ya se ha ido. Cocorí estaba con el corazón roto pero al menos tenía la flor, pero tristemente descubre que la rosa se ha marchitado. Cocorí no entendía porqué la flor murió tan pronto.

El joven Cocorí emprende un viaje filosófico con la companía del pícaro mono Tití y Doña Modorra, una anciana y sabia tortuga. Ellos encontrarán varios personajes buscando por una respuesta.

Este libro pondrá una dulce lágrima en tu ojo y una candida sonrisa en tu boca.

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