Description of Figure/Doll

Handcrafted Cuban cultural doll. Her head and torso are stuffed cloth, and her arms and legs are formed with wire. She is wearing an apron and a long dress with matching head scarf. The dress has a large bustle in the back. Her face is created by gluing colored material for the eyes and mouth. She has gold hoop earring and bracelets. She is holding a woven basket with fruit.

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Location: Caribbean island

Capital: Havana

Main language: Spanish

Currency: Cuban Peso


Construction: cloth, wire

Height in Centimeters: 25

Height in Inches: 10

A Donkey Named Perico: A Cuban Legend

Reading Level: 5.70

My name is Maria, and I live in Santa Clara City, Cuba. My town is in the center part of Cuba. Cuba is a large island, just south of Florida.

When I was a little girl, my papi bought ice cream from a man on a wagon. The wagon was pulled by a burro (donkey), named Perico.

After cars and trucks became available, the ice cream man no longer needed Perico to pull his wagon. Instead, he sold the ice cream from a truck. As a reward to Perico for his faithful service, he let the donkey free to wander through the town.

I think Perico must have missed all the children he saw with the ice cream wagon. When he was free to roam, he started going to doors and waiting for a piece of bread. He was very friendly, and the children loved him.

Perico was very popular in Santa Clara City. When he died, the city built a statue of Perico in the center of the city. That statue is still there, making Perico one of the most famous donkeys ever!

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