Book Giveaway: Tales our Abuelitas Told/Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas!

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.  Vamos a Leer | Book Giveaway: Tales our Abuelitas Told/Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas!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


15 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Tales our Abuelitas Told/Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas!

  1. Pingback: Book Giveaway: Tuesday Giveaways! | Vamos a Leer

    • Hey Nicole!
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting! We’ve entered you into the giveaway for this week! The winner will be notified next Tuesday. 🙂 In the meantime, be sure to check out the other great resources available on our blog.

  2. I would love this book for our Outreach Library. We are planning some oral history projects with the Latino/a community in Lawrence, KS and I am thinking about ways to work with K-12 teachers to collect their students’ stories – this might be a great introduction to oral histories! Plus, one of the questions we’ve thought about to frame some of our interviews, is asking children to share what they know of their grandparents’ stories – so this would be perfect!

    • Hi Danika,
      Thanks for commenting! It looks like this book would be a great fit for your lesson plan on oral history! We have you entered into the giveaway and will notify the winner next Tuesday! Don’t forget to check out some of the other great resources we have on here! 🙂

  3. It would be wonderful to win a book for my grandson. He so wants to learn Spanish. Looking forward to when he can speak to his Aunt in Spanish.

    • Hi Kim!
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment! This would be a great book to help your nephew learn Spanish! We have you entered into this week’s giveaway and we will notify the winner on Tuesday! Be sure to check out some of our other great bilingual resources while you’re here as well! 🙂

    • Hi Sydney!
      Thanks for your readership and for taking some time to comment! This book really would be helpful to your great-grandson! We have you entered into the giveaway and we will announce the winner on Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t miss out on the other great bilingual resources we’ve posted around the site. 🙂

  4. Hola Charla,
    When I discovered your blog, it lifted my spirits.
    Alma Flor Ada intrigues me as a favored writer
    of Sra. Gonzalez-Shupert, beneficent 1st grade
    teacher and facilitator of Poesia Eres Tu at Cien
    Aguas School, where my two children study.
    Sra Gonzalez-Shupert’s kindness and wisdom
    have provided my daughter Alma Flor Ada poems
    to memorize and recite more than once. Please
    count me in for the Tales Our Abuelitas Told/
    Cuentos que Contaban Nuestras Abuelas
    book drawing.
    Muchas gracias!
    Kevin Cummins

    • Hi Kevin!
      Thanks for reading and commenting on the blog! I’m happy to hear you are such a fan of Alma Flor Ada (we are too!)! We will be picking the giveaway winner here shortly and your name is entered! 🙂 Thank you again and I hope you will check out some of our other great resources here as well!

  5. I’ve used used Tales Our Abuelitas Told to show kids how stories travel, how storytellers have passed them on, and how cultures influence how stories are told, The book’s introduction helps me interest kids of non-Spanish backgrounds. With grades 5-8 I ask if any of the stories are similar to any they’ve heard at home or to just share stories that have been passed down for generations at home or their communities. Some kids are inspired to research folktales from the countries their families originated from. I love this book.

    • Maria: Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us! We appreciate the chance to hear whether and how these books are actually being used in the classroom, let alone such a positive account!

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