Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review: Once Upon a Time; Traditional Latin American Tales

Habia una vez; Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos by Rueben Martinex, Illustrated by Raul Colon. HarperColins, 2010. (Review copy) This charming bilingual collection of folktales will entertain adults and children alike. Stories from Spain and Latin America are retold side by side in Spanish and English. Characters such as a vain rooster, foolish coyote, sweet and lovable cockroach and a couple michevious fellows will delight readers. The illustrations by Raul Colon, who also illustrated Frank McCourt's Angela and the Baby Jesus, are vibrant and rich with color and detail. This volume would be idea for bilingual families and schools. I am recommending it to our school Spanish teacher to use in her classes with elementary students. Marinez is the founder of the bookstore LibrerĂ­a Martinez in Santa Ana, California. He is also the co-founder of the Latino Book Festival.

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