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Pachamama Tales: Folklore from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay

Pachamama Tales: Folklore from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay

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A bilingual collection of enchanting folk tales from the peoples of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay, accompanied by historical and geographical background as well as color photographs.

Containing numerous tales that have never before appeared in an English-language children's story collection, this book presents many of author Paula Martín's favorite stories from her many years of experience in storytelling around the world and particularly in South America. It stands as a unique folklore and storytelling resource that will give readers a better understanding of life and culture in the southern part of South America.

Readers of all ages will delight in entertaining stories about animals, plants and trees, musical instruments, lost places, fantastic creatures, and witches and devils. This collection also includes never-ending tales, sky stories, and folk tales about fools. The book provides related cultural information about the lands where these stories originated as well as the people who tell these tales, traditional games of South America, and recipes for regional food items that can go hand in hand with the stories.

  • Provides ready-to-tell stories from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay that both entertain and promote multicultural awareness
  • An ideal resource for storytellers, folklorists, parents, librarians, Spanish instructors, and other educators who conduct storytime programs
  • Includes color inserts that help bring the rich folklore and culture of these South American nations to life
  • Stories are presented in both English and Spanish

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610698535
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Series: World Folklore Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paula Martín is a teacher, storyteller, and writer from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Margaret Read MacDonald is a folklorist, master storyteller, and a prolific author.

Table of Contents


  • Preface

    Introduction: Pachamama—A Thank You

  • Part 1: Southern South America

    The Lands from Which These Stories Come

    The People Who Tell These Tales

    Traditional Children's Games

    Regional Recipes

  • Part 2: Folktales of Southern South America

    Cuentos de animales / Animal Stories

    Leyendas de instrumentos musicales / Stories of Musical Instruments

    Cuentos de zonzos / Fool Stories

    Monstruos, brujas, diablos y otras criaturas espantosas / Monsters, Witches, Devils and Other Scary Creatures

    Lugares Perdidos / Lost Places

    Cuentos de plantas y árboles / Plant and Tree Stories

    Cuentos del Cielo / Sky Stories

    Cuentos con criaturas fantásticas / Tales of Fantastic Creatures

    Cuentos de nunca acabar / Endless Tales

  • Glossary

    Tale Notes


    Customer Reviews