How is "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" a tale for children?

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The short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells of a couple in a poor seaside village that discovers an old man with large wings in the courtyard of their house in the aftermath of a heavy rainstorm. The old man is injured and filthy, and he speaks in a language that they cannot understand. Although they recognize the possibility that the old man might be an angel, the couple locks him up in their chicken coop.

The priest comes and inspects the old man, but because he cannot speak Latin, which the priest considers the language of God, the priest thinks that he may be sent from the Devil. He decides to write to higher Catholic authorities to get their opinion.

When a crowd gathers, the couple realizes they can make money out of their captive visitor and charges admission to see him. This works well until a circus comes along with a more interesting attraction: a creature with the head of a young woman and the body of a spider. The old man eventually...

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