La Llorona/The Weeping Woman: An Hispanic Legend Told in Spanish and English

Overview

La Llorona (yoh-RROH-nah), now available for the first time in a full-color paperback, is the ghost story to end all ghost stories and truly the most popular cuento of Hispanic America. This story of the weeping woman appears at first to be only a frightening tale filled with mysterious events which cause children to sit wide-eyed. Yet it’s the simple, universal wisdom at the core of the story that finally works its magic into their hearts.

Joe Hayes is best known for his ...

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Overview

La Llorona (yoh-RROH-nah), now available for the first time in a full-color paperback, is the ghost story to end all ghost stories and truly the most popular cuento of Hispanic America. This story of the weeping woman appears at first to be only a frightening tale filled with mysterious events which cause children to sit wide-eyed. Yet it’s the simple, universal wisdom at the core of the story that finally works its magic into their hearts.

Joe Hayes is best known for his bilingual tellings of stories from the American Southwest. La Llorona is one of his favorite stories.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The illustrations by mother-daughter team Hill and Pennypacker add depth to the story…Deeper colors are used to depict the couple and infant children in happier times. Shaded pictures and silhouettes add to the feelings of deception, desertion, and despair that came later. Best if read aloud. Recommended to all libraries and bookstores." —Críticas

"This new edition features much larger, full-color illustrations destined to make the story even more popular, as well as the direct narration in both Spanish and English. This belongs in every folktale collection, and libraries serving Hispanic children, especially those of Mexican descent, can easily justify purchasing multiple copies." —Kirkus Reviews

"This story packs a punch in both English and the author's fluid Spanish translation…A solid retelling of a classic tale." —School Library Journal

"This story is presented in both English and Spanish, and has a companion audiocassette. The richly detailed illustrations in brown hues capture the town, its residents, and their clothing." —Multicultural Children's Literature

"This popular Hispanic legend is told here in both Spanish and English and warns children about the dangers of venturing out past their bedtimes…This book would be useful in multicultural and/or language arts lessons."—Children's Literature

"The traditional Latino story of a cast-off wife who drowns her children, dies of grief, and spends each night thereafter stalking the riverbank as a wailing ghost finds corporeality in this bilingual picture book. Hayes’ sentences are compact but evocative; he limits the ghostly effects, making this telling more suitable for timid youngsters than creepier versions, but there’s still plenty of pathos in the drama."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book

"Even though this is a printed book, you can imagine Hayes telling the story aloud, surrounded by kids in a shadowy room, perhaps with only a blazing fireplace for light, and as he concludes the tale, the kiddies shiver and move a little closer…" —The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Joe Hayes is considered one of the authorities on the story and has retold it countless times. He’s also authored a version recently reissued in hardback, which tells the infamous story in both Spanish and English."—McAllen Monitor

" Every child who ever heard the tale of La Llorona knows that she is still out there, wailing and looking for her children -- or maybe someone else's. Young readers with a vivid imagination can't go wrong with a Joe Hayes storybook. He is a good read any time of year. You don't have to wait for ghosts to come knocking or howling."—El Paso Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938317395
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: 125 Brain Games Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 674,647
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Vicki Trego Hill lives in El Paso, Texas, where she makes a living as a graphic design artist and illustrator. Mona Pennypacker is an artist and illustrator. This is her first book collaborating with her mother Vicki Trego Hill.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    Not a story for children

    This is not a story for children, especially not a 9 year old child. There is something wrong when our children are reading about a mother that throws her kids in a river and drowns them because of a jealous rage, especially in schools. My daughter had nightmares about this book. Just not appropriate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Scarry story for kids.

    Good theme about being self centered and beauty is only skin deep. Besides "be careful what you wish for."

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Entertaining and Spooky!

    As a Hispanic I remember hearing this story when I was a kid. This book is fun and a true classic for Hispanic libraries. I love how the story is told in both English and Spanish. Definitely worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Intersting Folktale

    I as a child I grew up listening to this folktale and many others. I found it thrilling and interesting. This folktale was passed down from generation to generation.

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