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The Emerald Lizard: Fifteen Latin American Tales to Tell in English and Spanish
     

The Emerald Lizard: Fifteen Latin American Tales to Tell in English and Spanish

by Pleasant DeSpain, Mario Lamo-Jimenez (Translator), Don Bell (Illustrator)
 

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Latin America today presents a complex tapestry of native, Spanish, European, and African influences. For the past three decades, Pleasant DeSpain has explored Latin America – its landscapes, customs, cultures, and especially, its stories. Here he presents his finely-honed retellings of traditional folktales, myths, and legends from a broad array of Latin

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Latin America today presents a complex tapestry of native, Spanish, European, and African influences. For the past three decades, Pleasant DeSpain has explored Latin America – its landscapes, customs, cultures, and especially, its stories. Here he presents his finely-honed retellings of traditional folktales, myths, and legends from a broad array of Latin American cultures: Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Chile. The fifteen tales presented here are full of compassionate souls, tricks and humor, explanations of nature and geography – and always, fine storytelling. Mario Lamo-Jiménez's Spanish translation reverberates with the rich, vibrant quality for which Latin tales are known.

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School Library Journal
A bilingual anthology of 15 traditional folktales, myths, and legends, each from a different Latin American culture. The collection includes a few familiar stories such as "Juan Bobo," the Puerto Rican tale of a son who dresses the family pig in his mother's finest clothes. Most of the tales are less well known to U.S. audiences, such as "The Crocodile Man," the Colombian story of a man who transforms himself into a crocodile to be with the woman he loves. Told in simple language and in abbreviated form, these selections are easy for beginning storytellers to learn. Experienced tellers will find them useful when time restraints preclude the telling of longer tales. Average-quality, full-page sketches, reproduced in shades of charcoal, introduce each of the stories, and smaller designs, which appear to be scratchboard, follow each selection. Source notes in English are appended.-Denise E. Agosto, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874835526
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
[World Storytelling from August House] Series
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
588,255
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

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