The stories in Tales Our Abuelitas Told, have journeyed far over mountains, deserts, and oceans carried by wind, and been passed on to us by our ancestors. Now they have found their way to you.
A sly fox, a bird of a thousand colors, a magical set of bagpipes — A mixture of popular tales and literary lore, this anthology celebrates Hispanic culture and its many roots -- Indigenous, African, Arab, Hebrew, and Spanish.
F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada have retold twelve beloved stories that embody the lively spirit and the rich heritage of Latino people. The work of four different Latino artists and illustrators highlights this unforgettable collection.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
PRAISE FOR STORIES OUR ABUELITAS TOLD
The introduction to this delightful collection explains clearly how stories develop and change over time; in fact, the two storytellers heard most of these amusing tales when they were children and have retold them many times since in their own unique styles. … Children will relish their humor, especially if read aloud, and teens will also enjoy this lively presentation. Traditional story beginnings and endings are provided in Spanish and translated into English … . Make room on your shelves for this excellent book.
~ School Library Journal
An illustrated collection of lively stories – reflecting elements of Spanish, Arabic, Celtic, African, Jewish, and Mexican roots – retold by the dynamic Ada and Campoy duo. … The selections hold universal appeal, employing themes common to many folklore collections. Accompanying the entries are captivating illustrations from four outstanding artists, each using his/her unique artistic style to capture the reader’s attention. The authors’ historical knowledge of the stories is evident in the notes that introduce this volume.
~ Reseñas/Book Reviews Berkeley Public Library