El pañuelo de seda

El pañuelo de seda
El pañuelo de seda


Set in the times in which Cal­i­for­nia was part of Mex­ico, this is a story of dis­cov­ery, gen­eros­ity and love. Anita loves to gaze at the white cranes fly­ing in the sky. A for­tu­nate moment brings her the gift of a beau­ti­ful silk scarf. She will dis­cover the true mean­ing of com­pas­sion when she sac­ri­fices her great­est trea­sure, in order to save the life of a wounded crane.


This story can inspire dis­cus­sions on ecol­ogy, and has cer­tainly inspired some beau­ti­ful let­ters from chil­dren who have read the book, as well as an unfor­get­table ren­di­tion as a play by chil­dren from Coral Way Ele­men­tary School in Miami-Dade.

Since very young I have had an abhor­rence to hunt­ing. While I could under­stand it as a need to pro­cure food, the idea of hurt­ing inno­cent ani­mals has always been very dif­fi­cult for me. Very early I begged my father to promise me he’d never hunt again –and being the kind-hearted per­son he was, he agreed, even though hav­ing been raised in a cat­tle ranch hunt­ing was part of his youth.

This story was most likely inspired by a poem in Span­ish my mother used to recite when I was a child, which began say­ing some­thing like: “I have just killed a crane/ I must con­fess it, oh Lord,/ it was fly­ing in the blue seren­ity…” The aware­ness that life is a con­stant choice is also a recur­rent theme in my mind. There­fore it’s not strange that it will find its way into my stories.


If you have enjoyed read­ing or shar­ing this book, I would very much like to hear from you. Please click here to send your comments.