Momentos Magicos = Magic Moments: Bilingual Latin American Tales
Momentos Magicos = Magic Moments: Bilingual Latin American Tales
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Annotation: Bilingual collection of traditional tales from Latin America is divided into four categories: Scary Stories, Tricksters, Strong Women, and Myths.
Catalog Number: #4682150
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Publisher: August House
Copyright Date: 1997
Edition Date: 1997
Pages: 188 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-87483-497-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-87483-497-0
Dewey: 398
LCCN: 97038582
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
Momentos Mgicos/Magic Moments ($11.95 paperback original; Jan. 1998; 188 pp.; 0-87483-497-X): A charming bilingual collection of 15 Latin American folktales retold by a popular Mexican-American performance artist. Several are variants of stories familiar to us from such earlier taletellers as Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, and Joel Chandler Harris (e.g., ``The Monkey and the Crocodile,'' ``Uncle Rabbit and Uncle Tiger''). More specifically indigenous material includes the famous ``The Virgin of Guadalupe,'' a selection of Aztec and Mayan creation myths, and some genuinely creepy ghost stories (especially the wonderful ``The Rooster's Claw''). A very attractive volume, and an ideal holiday gift."
School Library Journal
A bilingual collection of 15 traditional tales from Latin America, arranged into four sections: Scary Stories, Trickster Tales, Strong Women, and Myths. Extensive notes about sources and variants make this a particularly useful resource in classrooms. (Gr 4-8, younger for reading aloud) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-188).
Word Count: 21,319
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 53901 / grade: Middle Grades

In Latin American culture with its blend of Indian, Spanish, Catholic, and African influence magic is a part of the everyday world. Momentos magicos, or magic moments, can come in many forms. For storyteller Olga Loya, magic occurs every time an ancient story is passed from teller to listener. The sixteen stories here are full of momentos magicos. Presented in equally vibrant English and Spanish, they include stories of the supernatural, such as the Mexican tale of La Llorona, the Wailing Woman; of animals and tricksters, such as the Mayan story of how Monkey tricked Crocodile; of strong women, like Blanca Flor (White Flower); and myths, such as La Diosa Hambrienta, the hungry goddess. In stories from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, the Yucatan, Nicaragua, Baja California, Puerto Rico, and the Mayan Popol Vhu, Olga Loya works her magic to create humorous, vital, and powerful renditions of centuries-old legends."

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