Originally published 50 years ago, this fine collection of 26 spirited, mildly humorous stories from pre-Columbian Indian folklore and mythology includes tales about fools, tricksters, magic, religion, animals, and everyday life. A Mexican native, an American-trained scholar, and a natural storyteller, Brenner, according to the background notes, collected these stories from a beautiful old "Indian woman in an Indian village." In keeping with the tradition of oral literature, some are fluent, some are fragmented. A common thread is the simple, naturalistic language, which is given a lyrical accent through the use of rhythm and repetition. Even the age-old tales have a modern resonance reflective of the era of social revolution in which they were shaped. The economical line drawings by Charlot, a leader in the Mexican mural renaissance, which included Rivera and Orozco, are dramatic and decorative, their sculptural forms influenced by the accentuated shapes of the Aztecs and Maya. This reissue is a hopeful sign that the duo's Latin American picture books from the 1940s will also receive new life.