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
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
Introduction: PachamamaA Thank You
Part 1: Southern South America
The Lands from Which These Stories Come
The People Who Tell These Tales
Traditional Children's Games
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