The Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale

The Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale

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ISBN-13: 9780590468435
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/1994
Edition description: English-Spanish Bilingual Edition
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.34(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author


Lulu Delacre was born to Argentinian parents and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her award-winning books for children include GOLDEN TALES: MYTHS, LEGENDS AND FOLKTALES FROM LATIN AMERICA; ARROZ CON LECHE: POPULAR SONGS AND RHYMES FROM LATIN AMERICA; and her Scholastic Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, THE BOSSY GALLITO (text by Lucia M. Gonzalez). You can visit her online at www.luludelacre.com!

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The Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I wasn't familiar with this folktalke, but it's about a bossy rooster who gets his beak dirty and then spends the rest of the story trying to get some blades of grass to clean his beak for him, la la. He uses threats of violence and natural disasters to cajole the recalcitrant blades of grass into doing his bidding. Finally he convinces his friend the sun to help him out, and the blades of grass finally clean his beak. Weird. I guess it ties into the "supremacy" of the rooster and how he has to prove his leadership and become the boss. Apparently the rooster plays an important role in the popular culture of Hispanic Caribbean cultures. (This I got from the last page which has a nice author's note section. Otherwise I'd be all, "huh?")That said, the artwork is what makes this book worth cracking open. The book is full of many different kinds of beautiful, colorful birds including herons, toucans, parakeets, etc. In the background of the story is a wedding that the rooster is trying to get to and the illustrations of a great white heron in full bridal regalia are absolutely stunning. The illustrations also clearly convey a sense of place - the lushness of Little Havana is quite compellingly portrayed! Really lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bossy Gallito is a traditional Cuban folktale. In this book, Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre bring the story to life with an English translation and beautifully colored illustrations. This story is a fun, simple story that builds around a rhythmic chant. The bossy rooster, el gallito mandon, runs around commanding that everything around him helps him to complete a task. As his orders are ignored, the gallito gets more and more frustrated and starts making more and more demands. The demands build upon each other to develop a rhythmic chant that is easy to follow along with. The predictability of this story makes it perfect for younger children. The fact that the story is printed in side by side Spanish and English makes it even more accessible to a variety of younger readers. I also love the fact that Spanish words are entwined into the English translation of this story. This offers an easy introduction to some simple Spanish words. The illustrations in this story are beautifully done. They are bright, colorful and expressive. This book received a Pura Belbre honor award for both its story and illustration. This is a fun, beautiful book that will interest children and introduce them to elements from another language and culture.