PRIETITA AND THE GHOST WOMAN by Gloria Anzaldúa

PRIETITA AND THE GHOST WOMAN

Age Range: 4 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Anzald£a (Friends from the Other Side, 1993, etc.) offers a feminist interpretation of the familiar Mexican legend of la Llorona, the sobbing ghost woman who steals children at night. Night has already fallen when Prietita, lost in the Texas woods while seeking the plant that will cure her mother, hears a woman crying. In spite of her grandmother's frightening stories about the ghost woman, Prietita forces herself to go to her, and in the process discovers that ghosts--and probably people, too--aren't always what others think. The ghost woman benevolently guides Prietita to the right plant and then out of the woods. The text appears in both Spanish and English; dramatic illustrations with the bold forms of mural art completely fill each spread, laden with southwestern flora and Mexican motifs. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-89239-136-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Children's Book Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1996