Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales
Martinez, Rueben. 2010. ONCE UPON A TIME: TRADITIONAL LATIN AMERICAN TALES. Ill. by Raul Colon. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061468957 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-5]
This book is a collection of seven Latin American folktales written in a bilingual format. The English and Spanish texts are placed side-by-side with an explanation at the end of each story about its origin. Everything is written in this dual format, including the dedication, information about the author and illustrator, the table of contents, and an introduction by the author. The author, Rueben Martinez, explains that he used the bilingual format in order to share the tales that he loves with all children. Children will delight in these stories of cockroaches, coyotes, kings, giants, and more.
This collection is illustrated by Raul Colon with bright colorful pictures that complement each story. He includes small drawings of different birds, the moon with stars, and the sun throughout the book.
Additional bilingual stories and collections can be read in conjunction with this title and these stories can also be compared with stories from other cultures.
Other books that include stories from or about other cultures:
Seeger, Pete. 2001. ABIYOYO: BASED ON A SOUTH AFRICAN LULLABY AND FOLK STORY. ISBN 9780689846939
Seeger, Pete. 2004. ABIYOYO RETURNS. ISBN 9780689870545
Yolen, Jane. 2000. NOT ONE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS: WORLD FOLKTALES FOR STRONG GIRLS. ISBN 9780152020477
By Kaye E. Bray