La llorona = The weeping: An Hispanic Legend Told in Spanish and English
La llorona = The weeping: An Hispanic Legend Told in Spanish and English

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Annotation: A retelling, in parallel English and Spanish text, of the traditional tale told in the Southwest and in Mexico of how the beautiful Maria became a ghost.
Catalog Number: #322490
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 1987
Edition Date: 1987
Illustrator: Hill, Vicki Trego,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-938317-39-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2774-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-938317-39-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2774-7
Dewey: 398
LCCN: 87322490
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
Despite the fact that La Llorona involves a mother who, after she is betrayed by her husband, drowns her children, it remains a popular Hispanic tale. Hayes retells the story in a pedestrian fashion in both English and Spanish. This edition features some new illustrations; the art is occasionally marred by distracting crosshatching. An afterword provides background information.
Kirkus Reviews
The most beautiful young woman of her small town, Maria disdains the local youths as beneath her and uses her wiles to attract the handsome son of a wealthy landlord. After a while, however, the headstrong husband loses his interest in Maria and speaks of putting her aside for a wealthy replacement. In rage and madness, Maria throws their children into the river and becomes "the weeping woman," who guiltily haunts the waterways and may even snatch away careless children who stay too long outside at night. Hayes's version is perhaps the classic American version of the classic Latin American folk tale and has been available in its earlier form for 20 years. This new edition features much larger, full-color illustrations destined to make the story even more popular, as well as the direct narration in both Spanish and English. This belongs in every folktale collection, and libraries serving Hispanic children, especially those of Mexican descent, can easily justify purchasing multiple copies. (Folktale. 7-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-This legendary tale is not only a spine-tingling ghost story, but also a cautionary tale about a breathtakingly lovely, working-class girl. All of the local gallants have their eyes on Mar'a, but she feels that she's destined for better things. Accordingly, she holds out for a wealthy and dashing young ranchero who lives nearby. She plays hard to get, and the ploy is successful. Marriage and two children follow, but her husband is increasingly disenchanted with her. He even "talked of setting Mar'a aside and marrying a woman of his own wealthy class." Mar'a vents her jealousy and anger on her own children; she pushes them into the river, where they drown. Her remorse is immediate and useless. She cannot save them, and she dies of her grief. But her ghost lingers on, crying for the youngsters and willing to take any stray child she finds by the side of the river alone. Textually simpler than Joe Hayes's longer version of the same story in The Day It Snowed Tortillas/El d'a que nevaron tortillas (Cinco Puntos, 2003), this pared-down story packs a punch in both English and the author's fluid Spanish translation. The earth-tone, pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations make use of cross-hatching to create an eerie, almost graphic-novel sensibility that extends the story ably. A solid retelling of a classic tale. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 900
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 18336SP / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q37489
Lexile: 770L
Guided Reading Level: O

La Llorona (yoh-RROH-nah) / The Weeping Woman is the ghost story to end all ghost stories, capturing the minds of both kids and adults in the U.S. and Mexico. In Spanish and English, master storyteller JOE HAYES retells the tale of a beautiful woman whose fear and jealousy dooms her to an eternal search for all she's lost. It appears at first to be only a frightening story filled with mysterious events that cause children to sit wide-eyed, huddling together, listening spellbound. Yet it's the simple, universal wisdom at the core of the story that finally works its magic in their hearts. La Llorona es el cuento de fantasmas que supera todos los otros. Por generaciones, ha cautivado las imaginaciones de ambos ni os y adultos en M xico y los Estados Unidos. En espa ol e ingles, el maestro autor JOE HAYES cuenta la historia de los celos y miedo que conden a una bella mujer a una b squeda eternal por todo lo que perdi . Primero parece ser solo una historia espantosa, llena de eventos misteriosos, que causa que ni os se sientan cerca, completamente fascinados. Pero es la sabidur a simple y universal al centro de la historia que trabaja como magia en sus corazones. La Llorona is available in a four-color edition in both paper and cloth. Joe's chilling story of the crying ghost woman has sold over 600,000 copies and is truly the best known and most popular story of Hispanic America. La Llorona has more staying power than Batman and Wonder Woman combined. As proof, librarians tell us that Joe Hayes' La Llorona leaves the library more than they do, often not even bothering to come back--kids love her that much. She gives them the shivers La Llorona esta disponible en una edici n de cuatro colores en ambos papel y tela. La historia espeluznante que Joe cuenta sobre la mujer fantasma ha vendido m s de 600,000 copias, y es verdaderamente la historia m s conocida y popular de Latinoam rica. La Llorona es m s . Bibliotecarios y bibliotecarias nos dicen que sus libros de La Llorona escritos por Joe Hayes salen de la librer a m s que ellos y ellas, hasta a veces ni regresan-- tanto les gusta la historia a los ni os

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