Animal Jamboree: Latino Folktales / la Fiesta de los Animales: Leyendas Latinas

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Once upon a time, a lion and a lioness lived in a forest at the edge of a field. They think they are better than all their neighbors, even though the other animals—horses, burros, cats, cows and even a goat—aren't starving like the lions. But the lion has a brilliant idea to end the rumbling in their stomachs: they will invite all their neighbors to a grand fiesta full of music and dancing. And while everyone is dancing, they'll lure the goat away and push him into a cauldron of boiling water. But the arrogant ...

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Overview

Once upon a time, a lion and a lioness lived in a forest at the edge of a field. They think they are better than all their neighbors, even though the other animals—horses, burros, cats, cows and even a goat—aren't starving like the lions. But the lion has a brilliant idea to end the rumbling in their stomachs: they will invite all their neighbors to a grand fiesta full of music and dancing. And while everyone is dancing, they'll lure the goat away and push him into a cauldron of boiling water. But the arrogant lion's plan goes wildly awry when the goat's suspicious friends help him escape! An assortment of animals parade through these entertaining tales. In "A Funeral for Nangato," a village of naïve, proverb-quoting mice decide to bury their enemy, the cat Nangato, who deserves a proper funeral because one should "be good to those who treat you badly." But just because all the mice say Nangato is dead doesn't mean he is! And in "The Brave Little Ant and El Señor Chivo," a tiny ant helps an old couple save their garden from a bad-tempered goat who is determined to eat them out of house and home. Even though the ant is small, she still manages to save the vegetables and the day! Adapted by celebrated author Judith Ortiz Cofer, these Puerto Rican folktales will delight young readers ages 8 - 12, whether they're reading alone or with their favorite adult. Available in both English and Spanish, these stories featuring a variety of animals share lessons that will appeal to kids who enjoy animals and storytelling!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Pura Belpré-winner Judith Ortiz Cofer presents a bilingual book of Latino folktales about animals. This book is formatted with the English and Spanish versions of the tales on opposite sides rather than on opposing pages of a spread, you simply flip the book over to read the tales in the other language. These tales show the tables getting turned on animals, whether it is a pair of arrogant starving lions whose plot to cook a goat gets turned back on them, or a group of mice that bury a cat as a gesture of goodwill, only to find that the cat might not be dead. Also included are stories about a tiny ant that assists an elderly couple in saving their garden and a parrot who loves sausages.
Kirkus Reviews
Cofer offers a slim bilingual collection of animal tales. In "The Animals' Grand Fiesta," arrogance gets the best of a lion and a lioness, and readers discover how goats lost their long bushy tails. A resourceful ant helps an older couple save their garden from a hungry goat in "The Brave Little Ant and El Señor Chivo." In the shortest (and most awkwardly told) tale, "A Funeral for Nangato," a cunning cat teaches a village of mice a lesson in how they live their lives. In the most entertaining story in the collection, "The Parrot Who Loved Chorizos: A Puerto Rican Tale," a frustrated cook bests a gluttonous bird with a penchant for spicy sausage. The entire English collection is followed by the Spanish version, and the second and fourth tales are set expressly in Puerto Rico. The remaining stories contain occasional Spanish words and animals that add a Latino flavor to otherwise universal tales. Readers familiar with the author's work may miss the original characters for which she is best known, as the tales are too short to allow many of her strengths as a writer to flourish. Humorous black-and-white illustrations complement the tales. Although a worthy addition due to the scarcity of such books, the sparse collection would have been strengthened by additional tales. (Folktales. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558857438
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,471,832
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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