Once Upon a Cuento is an anthology of short stories by contemporary Latina/o authors. The stories, written for young people, grade five and up, explore heritage and -history, identity, language, and relationships from the perspective of Mexican-American, Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican writers. In all, the collection features seventeen stories by well-known and emerging writers, most of which are original to this collection. Contributors include acclaimed Puerto Rican children's authors Nicholasa Mohr and Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; Cuban-American novelist, essayist, and poet Virgil Suárez; and Mexican-American short story writers and teachers Lorraine López and Sergio Troncoso.
The stories are grouped by theme-heritage, holidays, and contemporary culture; family life; friends and other relationships; and dealing with differences. Individual stories explore additional themes such as the challenge of making do with little money, the process of moving to a new country and learning English, and young people's relationships to animals and to the natural world. Each story contains an introduction that offers historical, cultural, and biographical information. A general introduction and list of works by the thirteen contributors offer further avenues for research and discussion.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the editor-in-chief of MultiCultural Review and the author of the award-winning reference work Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Books for Children and Teenagers.
Table of Contents
|Heritage, Holidays, and Contemporary Culture|
|"A Nuyorican Christmas in El Bronx"||13|
|"Adventures in Mexican Wrestling"||27|
|"Searching for Peter Z"||37|
|"Leaving Before the Snow"||47|
|"A Special Gift"||59|
|"Good Trouble for Lucy"||83|
|Friends and Other Relationships|
|"Sara and Panchito"||121|
|"Armpits, Hair, and Other Marks of Beauty"||139|
|"Indian Summer Sun"||171|
|Dealing with Differences|
|"Leti's Shoe Escandalo"||185|