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Momentos Magicos: Tales from Latin America Told in English and Spanish
     

Momentos Magicos: Tales from Latin America Told in English and Spanish

by Olga Loya, Carmen Lizardi-Rivera (Translator)
 
In Latin American culture—with its blend of Indian, Spanish, Catholic, and African influence—magic is a part of the everyday world. Momentos mágicos, or magic moments, can come in many forms. For storyteller Olga Loya, magic occurs every time an ancient story is passed from teller to listener. The sixteen stories here are full of momentos

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In Latin American culture—with its blend of Indian, Spanish, Catholic, and African influence—magic is a part of the everyday world. Momentos mágicos, or magic moments, can come in many forms. For storyteller Olga Loya, magic occurs every time an ancient story is passed from teller to listener. The sixteen stories here are full of momentos mágicos. Presented in equally vibrant English and Spanish, they include stories of the supernatural, such as the Mexican tale of La Llorona, the Wailing Woman; of animals and tricksters, such as the Mayan story of how Monkey tricked Crocodile; of strong women, like Blanca Flor (White Flower); and myths, such as La Diosa Hambrienta, the hungry goddess. In stories from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, the Yucatan, Nicaragua, Baja California, Puerto Rico, and the Mayan Popol Vhu, Olga Loya works her magic to create humorous, vital, and powerful renditions of centuries-old legends. These bilingual and multicultural stories will learn the importance of fairness, respect and caring.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Delia A. Culberson
Storytelling, an ancient art that has remained vigorous and popular throughout the centuries, is not, as demonstrated in this fine anthology of bilingual folktales, mere homespun entertainment, but-much more important-a vital part of our cultural traditions and historical heritage. This collection, gathered and researched by a consummate storyteller, has tales from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and some from the Chol, Aztec, and Mayan peoples. The entries are divided into Scary Stories; Tricksters; Strong Women; and Myths. As in many other cultures, animals such as rabbits, monkeys, alligators, etc., are popular in Latin American folktales such as these. At the beginning of each story, Loya tells how she came to learn of it. The glossaries at the end of the English versions give the meaning of the Spanish terms used in them. The story notes at the end of the book are particularly interesting and useful, as they give additional insight into the tales and provide bibliographic leads to versions of the stories and characters in other cultures or eras. Loya is clearly a compelling storyteller as well as a thorough researcher, and her book is a fine example of storytelling at its best. Bilingual readers, in particular, will enjoy comparing the fine nuances in meaning between the two languages. I found the translations, as a whole, to be accurate and of high quality. However, Loya mentions in the book's introduction that she was a "professional listener," translated here as "professional escuchandolos," which does not make sense. The correct translation is "escuchadora profesional." I only saw the uncorrected proofs, so this error will probably be caught before the final editions. The fifteen tales in this delightful collection will be enjoyed, particularly by bilingual readers, those learning either of the two languages, and anyone interested in Latin American folklore. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
A bilingual collection of 15 traditional tales from Latin America, arranged into four sections: Scary Stories, Trickster Tales, Strong Women, and Myths. Extensive notes about sources and variants make this a particularly useful resource in classrooms. (Gr 4-8, younger for reading aloud) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874834970
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
ENG-SPA
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,338,657
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Olga Loya Bio: Nationally known Latina storyteller, performance artist, teacher and author, Olga Loya dramatically mixes Spanish and English in books and performances for adult, children and family audiences. Her repertoire demonstrates how stories from diverse cultures embrace and enrich so many aspects of people’s lives. Loya's stories explore the struggles, complexities, and joys of being bicultural - Mexican American in the United States. Loya's August House book, Momentos Magicos or Magic Moments includes sixteen Latino stories presented in equally vibrant English and Spanish. The collection includes stories about the supernatural, animals, tricksters, strong women and myths. Olga Loya has been a featured storyteller at the First Latin-American Storytelling Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, appearing at the Ghost Tales Night. She also serves on the advisory boards of a number of arts councils including: Los Angeles Music Center Education Division, Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo Children's Creative Project, and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz.

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