Uncle Nacho's Hat

Uncle Nacho's Hat

by Harriet Rohmer
A bilingual folk tale from Nicaragua about a well-meaning man who can't figure out how to make changes in his life until his niece, Ambrosia, show him how.


A bilingual folk tale from Nicaragua about a well-meaning man who can't figure out how to make changes in his life until his niece, Ambrosia, show him how.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These two folktales, with text in Spanish and English, bring important glimpses of other cultures to American children. The Uncle Nacho story originated in Nicaragua; the other came to Nicaragua from Africa by way of Jamaica. In the first, Nacho is attached to his old hat, even though it is full of holes . When his niece Ambrosia gives him a new one, he's pleased but skeptical. He reluctantly puts the ragged hat in the trash, but thanks to well-meaning relatives and friends, the hat keeps returning to Nacho. Finally he realizes it's time to push himself to change his style, in a clever and involving lesson in acceptance of change. In the second story, Brother Anansi is ``the spider,'' a standard folk hero known for his devious nature. In this book, Anansi outsmarts a tiger who is twice his size. The tiger has won the lottery and Anansi is bound to end up a winner himself. Anansi ends up a cattle rancher in a charming victory of brainpower over brawn. Ages 4-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
What do you do with a hat that keeps coming back? This Spanish/English bilingual book tells the story of such a contrary sombrero. Adapted by Rohmer from a classic Nicaraguan Folktale, with exuberant illustrations by Reisberg, the book received an UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats Award Citation. 1993 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Two bilingual folktales. Anansi. . . is rooted in the African-American tradition of the Atlantic Coast region of Nicaragua. Tricky Brother Anansi goes into the cattle business with Brother Tiger, who has won a large amount of money in a lottery, and they become very successful. After some years, Brother Anansi decides it is time to put one over on Brother Tiger, and he offers to divide the animals and mark them. Needless to say, he will come out ahead. The brightly contrasting illustrations in a folk-art style feature the jaguar, which lives in Central America (unlike the tiger), and is referred to as a tiger in the folklore of the area. Uncle Nacho . . . receives a new hat as a gift from his niece. He tries to throw away his old hat, but it keeps coming back to him as people recognize it and return it to him. He is discouraged until his niece tells him: ``Stop worrying about the old hat, Uncle Nacho. Think about your new hat instead.'' The story was adapted from a Nicaraguan folktale performed by the Puppet Workshop of Nicaraguan National Television. Striking colors complement earth tones in the primitive-style illustrations.

Product Details

McGraw-Hill Companies, The
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Edition description:
49585 McGraw
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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