Books by Mary-Joan Gerson

FIESTA FEMENINA by Mary-Joan Gerson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A celebration not only of the strength and complexity of Mexican women, but of the richness, vibrancy, and miraculous qualities of Mexican culture. (Folklore. 8+)"
Drawing on rich strands of Mexican culture, these smoothly told folktales celebrate women, ranging from mythical goddesses to the historical Malintzen (a.k.a. Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF CORN by Mary-Joan Gerson
adapted by Mary-Joan Gerson, illustrated by Carla Golembe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Useful; bound to leave readers wanting more. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The third book by these collaborators (How Night Came from the Sea, 1994, etc.) is a Mayan creation myth—accompanied by colorful, primitive paintings—prefaced first by an author's note, and then by details on the Maya's respect for corn. Read full book review >
HOW NIGHT CAME FROM THE SEA by Mary-Joan Gerson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A beautiful book that will find many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A creation tale recorded by Elsie Spicer Eells in Fairy Tales from Brazil (1917). Read full book review >
WHY THE SKY IS FAR AWAY by Mary-Joan Gerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The story may be centuries old, but it teaches a timely lesson and is retold in a lively, nonpreachy way. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
Once the sky was so close that people could reach up and break off pieces of it to eat, but they wasted so much that the sky grew angry. Read full book review >