ONCE UPON A TIME/HABÍA UNA VEZ by Rueben Martínez

ONCE UPON A TIME/HABÍA UNA VEZ

Traditional Latin American Tales/Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos
by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 3 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

A successful Mexican-American bookseller makes his debut as a writer with this bilingual collection of seven folktales from Spanish and Latin-American lore. Martínez offers sweet and fresh versions of two Caribbean stories already introduced to the young readers in the United States through prior literary adaptations: “The Wedding Rooster” and “Martina the Cockroach and Pérez the Mouse.” His collection also includes stories that have been told for generations in South America, such as “The Mother of the Jungle,” from Colombian folklore, rich in ghosts and espantos, and “Pedro Urdemales and the Giant,” which originated in Spain and was then popularized in Chile, Argentina and Venezuela. Kids may particularly enjoy the Mexican trickster story, “The Tlacuache and the Coyote.” Unger’s free Spanish translation conveys the author’s storytelling voice and enhances it with the beauty of the stories’ original language. Colón’s exquisitely textured, full-page and border watercolor-and-pencil illustrations and such pleasing design details as flying birds and suns complete this gorgeous collection. (Folktales. 3 & up)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-146895-7
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Rayo/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




MORE BY RAÚL COLÓN

ChildrenABUELO by Arthur Dorros
by Arthur Dorros
ChildrenBASEBALL IS . . . by Louise Borden
by Louise Borden
ChildrenLOOK UP! by Robert Burleigh
by Robert Burleigh

MORE BY DAVID UNGER

ChildrenTHE HONEY JAR by Rigoberta Menchú
by Rigoberta Menchú
ChildrenTHE GIRL FROM CHIMEL by Rigoberta Menchú
by Rigoberta Menchú

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS: