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Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales From Latin America
     

Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales From Latin America

by Lulu Delacre
 
For the first time, these 12 classic tales of Latin America bring literature, culture, and history together in one volume. Stunning full-color artwork celebrates the grace and beauty of 13 countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.

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For the first time, these 12 classic tales of Latin America bring literature, culture, and history together in one volume. Stunning full-color artwork celebrates the grace and beauty of 13 countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Noted artist Delacre captures the rich imagery and history of the peoples in this collection of Pre-Columbian tales from the Americas. She offers a complete picture of the various cultures, alternating brilliant native images with softer, chalky paintings that depict present day descendants. An introduction to each story details the background information. The pronunciation guide is helpful.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
In this compendium, Delacre provides a panoramic and dazzling introduction to the richness and complexity of Latin American folklore. A prefatory note explains the historical background to the evolution of the tales and the place in history of the peoples who told them. Additional background matter explains the author's own early exposure to these tales as a child growing up in Puerto Rico. The stories themselves are lovingly retold and lavishly illustrated, authenticated by a list of sources, and made more accessible to the reader by the addition of a pronunciation guide. It is also available in a Spanish edition.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8The principal strength of this collection is that it mingles traditional creation myths and ethnic folktales with stories that show the Spanish influence in the Caribbean and Mexico. The tales that come from Colombia and the areas encompassed by the Inca Empire are more traditional. An introduction gives background on the Taino, Zapotec, Muisca, and Inca civilizations. Each of the four sections, one for each group, begins with a one-page description of their histories. The type font is attractive, and the pages are open and easy to read. There are ample full-color illustrations of average quality for each story and a good map of Latin America that shows the areas each tribe inhabited. Excellent source notes and a good pronunciation guide round out the volume. It is difficult, however, to discern who the audience for this book might be. The prose tends to be plodding, sometimes even turgid. ("Silently they embraced once more, for a long moment of passion. Fully possessed by his love, she knew his heart was forever hers.") Most elementary students would be hard pressed to read the text straight through, and it does not read well aloud. This book might best be used as a research tool, or with units on native Latin American cultures in conjunction with Deborah Nourse Lattimore's Why There Is No Arguing in Heaven (HarperCollins, 1989), Jane Yolen's Encounter (Harcourt, 1992), Verna Aardeema's Borreguita and the Coyote (Knopf, 1991), or Lois Ehlert's Moon Rope/Un Lazo a la luna (Harcourt, 1992).Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Kirkus Reviews
A pretentious collection, subtitled "Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America," of stories from 13 countries and several native cultures. The varying styles of these tales as presented do not seem to bow to the seriousness of myth vs. the popular nature of legend, instead seemingly emerging from the tale's content. Thus a legend like "Guanina" from Puerto Rico stuns readers with all the banalities of the romance genre: "Silently they embraced once more, for a long moment of passion. Fully possessed by his love, she knew his heart was forever hers." Other stories begin promisingly, and then dwindle, e.g., in "The Laughing Skull," a Dominican legend, a terrifying situation is set up when a skull in a niche in a convent wall takes to chattering and moving around. The anticlimactic resolution comes when Abad climbs a ladder to put a stop to it: "Chilling screeches emerged, screeches that would freeze the hearts of even the bravest of men. Oddly enough, Abad remained calm." Lesser infelicities—split infinitives—can be forgiven if a tale sweeps readers along; this collection, for all the care and research behind it and the graceful illustrations that decorate it, offers no such grounds for absolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590481861
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
74
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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