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

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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 mA-gicos, 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 mA-gicos. Presented in equally vibrant English and Spanish, they include stories of the supernatural, such as the Mexican tale of La Llorona,...

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Overview

In Latin American culture with its blend of Indian, Spanish, Catholic, and African influence magic is a part of the everyday world. Momentos mA-gicos, 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 mA-gicos. Presented in equally vibrant English and Spanish, they include stories of the supernatural, such as the Mexican tale of La Llorona, the ....

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874834970
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: ENG-SPA
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,088,820
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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