Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest : Stories and Illustrations

Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest : Stories and Illustrations

by Alfred Avila
     
 

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SPECTERS that haunt the rivers and woods, hidden treasure, headless goblins, a wild phantasmagoria of gore and grizzle...all here for the first time in English to delight audiences of all ages, but particularly young adult readers. Alfred Avila's collection of deliciously gory tales is founded in oral lore and the Hispanic tradition native to the American Southwest.

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SPECTERS that haunt the rivers and woods, hidden treasure, headless goblins, a wild phantasmagoria of gore and grizzle...all here for the first time in English to delight audiences of all ages, but particularly young adult readers. Alfred Avila's collection of deliciously gory tales is founded in oral lore and the Hispanic tradition native to the American Southwest. He has salvaged these stories from disappearing forever for future generations to enjoy in the darkness, where the devils, demons and spirits of the night become living, breathing entities to entertain, frighten and teach.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
Alfred Avila has collected ghost tales told and retold by Mexican Americans living along the border in the U.S. Southwest; land that once was part of Mexico. La Llorona, condemned to wander the Earth looking for the bones of her children; Enrique, whose screams can still be heard by the river's edge in punishment for his evil deeds; Cuco, saved from death at the witches' hands by the magical powers of the rooster's crow at dawn; these are among the collection of ghost tales put together by Avila in an attempt "to pass on the tales of the spirits who once roamed unleashed in the world." Avila has created eerie pen and ink sketches to go with his ghoulish tales. These tales provide insights into the mystical, spiritual world of the Southwest's Mexican heritage and draw on historical events of the Spanish invasion, Yaqui resistance and Mexican Revolution.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This is a collection of terrifying stories from the Mexican Southwest that were collected by storyteller Alfred Avila to preserve them for future generations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Hacked and badly translated from Mexican legends, these stories do not hold up when compared with classics in the genre. They are ridiculously flat and predictable. In ``La Llorona,'' a woman drowns her children because they annoy her by crying for food. She is condemned to wander for eternity searching for their bones. In ``Devil Dog,'' a drunk walks across railroad tracks and sees two red eyes following him and then disappears, never to be seen again. How many times have we heard that one? Better choices for nighttime campfires and slumber parties would be Alvin Schwartz's ``Scary Stories'' books (HarperCollins) or Gretchen Mayo's Star Tales (Walker, 1987). Those well-told tales will continue to entertain young readers.-Julie Halverstadt, Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558851078
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
1,144,472
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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