Good afternoon, everyone!
We are in week eight of the giveaway series so make sure you comment this week for your second-to-last chance to win! Thank you again to all who continue to comment each week and congratulations to the winner of last week’s giveaway! This week’s giveaway includes Tales our Abuelitas Told, and the Spanish translation, Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas, written by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. The book has won many recognitions, including the Literary Guild Medal, and the Kirkus Review Kirkus Best Books award. In Tales our Abuelitas Told, “Twelve stories from varied roots of Hispanic culture come together in a colorful collection that includes talking ants, magic bagpipes, dancing goats, and flying horses. In some cases the tales emphasize a moral, such as looking for the good in any bad situation as in ‘Catlina the Fox.’ In others, the story illustrates the importance of friends, as in the case of ‘The Bird of One Thousand Colors.’ The authors seek to trace the origins of the stories through personal source notes, citing variants of the original story and the historical themes behind the tales. Of note is a tale of Juan Bobo that is included in this collection. Juan Bobo has entertained children and adults for more than five centuries with his antics and absent-mindedness. While Juan Bobo is well known by many, ‘The Bird of One Thousand Colors’ is a story that Alma Flor Ada was unable to trace to an original source, although she remembers being told the story by her grandmother. Throughout the collection, culturally accurate illustrations catch the eye with vivid colors and intricate details that convey aspects of the story. Each story leads naturally to the next, keeping alive the oral traditions of a rich culture that spans the continents.” The authors’ note tells that this book was indeed written as a way to keep the abuelitas memory alive and pass on the stories they once told. School Library Journal recommends the book for grades three and up. Like the books from last week and many of our resources throughout this month, this book also incorporates oral story-telling and the idea of passing traditional stories down throughout generations of families. We think this book would make for great classroom read-aloud and discussion that could help touch on a number of great themes such as oral histories, kindness, family, and friendship, among many others.
Do you have an idea for how you could use this book in your life? Let us know by leaving a comment below! We will contact winners at the end of the week to collect shipping information. Remember there are only two more weeks left to enter!
Just as a quick reminder, the final Tuesday giveaway for the fall will be on November 24th, in celebration of the holiday season.
Until Tuesday (November 24th),
Image: Photo of Tales our Abuelitas Told. Reproduced from Alma Flor’s website.