Free ePUB Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale CollectionAuthor Alma Flor Ada –

Once Upon A Time, In A Land Far Away These Stories Have Journeyed Far Over Mountains, Deserts, And Oceans Carried By Wind, Passed On To Us By Our Ancestors Now They Have Found Their Way To YouA Sly Fox, A Bird Of A Thousand Colors, A Magical Set Of Bagpipes, And An Audacious Young GirlA Mixture Of Popular Tales And Literary Lore, This Anthology Celebrates Hispanic Culture And Its Many Roots Indigenous, African, Arab, Hebrew, And SpanishF Isabel Campoy And Alma Flor Ada Have Retold Twelve Beloved Stories That Embody The Lively Spirit And The Rich Heritage Of Latino PeopleThe Work Of Four Leading Latino Artists And Illustrators Highlights This Unforgettable Collection

10 thoughts on “Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection

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    Tales our Abuelitas Told, written by F Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, and illustrated by Felipe Davalos, Vivi Escrive, Susan Guevara, and Legla Torres, is a lovely compilation of Hispanic folktales whose origins span the globe Given the length and detail of the stories, this book is best for advanced readers however, if children are being read to, all ages could enjoy these beautiful tales.The book begins with a Welcome section, where Campoy and Ada introduce not only their objective in creating such a collection, but also the general history and development of many of these tales, starting in Europe, with Arabic and Jewish influence, and moving to Latin America, fusing with African heritage While providing an extensive and impressive history of folklore throughout the Iberian peninsula and then the Western hemisphere, Campoy and Ada remind readers of the ultimate beauty and importance of story telling Through stories people share their dreams, their hopes, and the lessons they learn from life, and also their celebration of the imagination and the ingenuity of a well told tale The introduction provides an excellent, synthesized overview of the historical context of these stories, which in itself could lead to a variety of lessons on history and geography From the European relations between the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians, the invasion in Spain of the Visigoths, and the Arabic influence in southern Spain, to the onset of colonization in 1492, the indigenous civilizations of the Americas and their magnificent civilizations, and the slave trade, the introduction provides a detailed account of the history of these folktales In particular, the authors discuss the influence of African culture in the Americas The enslaved African people, who were brought to the Americas, came without material possessions Still, they carried with them their experiences, their knowledge, their cultural beliefs and worldviews, their languages and their stories Some of the best known and most beloved stories told in Latin America today originated in Africa or among the African people forced into slavery.This collection is rich with historical context and cultural heritage, weaving in thoughts, sentiments, stories and dreams of peoples from all over the globe, who spent their lives in Latin America Imbued in the telling and retellings of Ada and Campoy is a love and awe for the power of storytelling and the resounding tragedy, mirth, and beauty of the past.The authors Welcome section also introduces the format for their rich and highly informative collection After each story we tell you a little about its origin and in some cases about our relationship with the story so that you may learn a bit about the people who created that tale and the long journey it has traveled to reach you One particular folktale, Blancaflor, tells the story of a young prince whose father, the king, has fallen terribly ill In exchange for his father s health, the prince makes a deal with spirit, that in three years time, he must go to the Three Silver Towers in the Land of No Return Once the king has regained his health, he insists that his son must marry, so that he can live to see his grandchildren However his son denies every proposition, and, right before three years have gone by, starts making his way towards the Land of No Return Although the Land of No Return is a bleak and barren place, the prince meets a young girl by the name of Blancaflor Here, the story takes an uplifting turn, and readers will delight in Blancaflor s cunning and charm, and the ensuing tale of young love And this is the story of Blancaflor It began with threads of silver and ended with threads of gold, all woven for you in the story I told At the beginning of the book, following the introduction, the authors have also included a page on To Begin a Story, where they provide Spanish phrases and their English translations To gain their full attention, the storyteller begins with a phrase that seizes listeners imaginations Readers learning Spanish or English as a second language will benefit from these translations, and advanced readers could even use them in an exercise on writing and storytelling From hab a una vez Once upon a time to Para saber y contar y contar para aprender To know in order to tell and tell in order to know , students could practice using these opening lines to start and create their own stories To deepen the exercise, teachers could also have students focus their original tale on childhood memories, family history and culture, or other such markers of heritage At the back of the book, the authors have included a page on To End a Story, where again they provide readers and educators with a list of Spanish and English phrases useful for wrapping up a tale y color n colorado, este cuento se ha acabado and, my many colored feathered friend, now the story has found an end Just as Ada and Campoy have drawn from cultural heritage to exercise their own creativity, students of all ages could do the same.For the full review, visit

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    Campoy and Ada have done a fine job Think of fine as in fine silver.The stories have been shared and altered with the generational changes and the location changes The stories have been so well researched that all the stories are known to have originated in the Old World One story origins have been so well remembered these are stories told by abuelitas gramdmothers or researched that Campoy notes that The Story of the Not So Small Animal comes from the Basque Country in modern day Spain.At least on of these stories collected here have characters of Moorish Spain The story takes place in the valleys of Al Andalus, a place in Moorish Spain So a story who belongs to the New World, that came from Spain, that came from Ottoman Turks Moors who had travelled throughout the Mediterranean, bringing African and Middle Eastern information and influences into Spain, including this story.The art used has been updated The language always changing Several times, the collector and writer of the printed story tells alternate versions she knows of.This collection so impressed me that I had to go bad and re read other collections of Hispanic folk tales In have read this year, back down to 4 stars.This book is great piece of academic and family history work Fine Literature

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    This is a wonderful collection of 12 Hispanic folktales with beautiful vibrant pictures to boot These folktales can help not only myself understand better the customs of Hispanic culture, but also help non Hispanic students understand them, and give the Hispanic students something to be proud of and be able to share their own stories Understanding the culture of our students is so important, and these folk tales are a small window into that culture Not only are the tales fascinating, but they are prefaced with a historical lesson on the roots of where they most likely originated They can teach the students about culture, geography, and history as well.This book would be a great time to invite in guest speakers parents, aunts, uncles, historians that have great folktales to tell, and get the children involved with other student s families and cultures Every kid has stories that they were told when they were little, and they are all different This book is a great way to lead a conversation about these folktales and how different cultures have different values and how these stories can help us identify some of the differences ,but also the similarities This book is not only educational, but entertaining There are even Spanish words mixed in with the stories which are a great attribute Highlighting other cultures in our classroom and making sure all our students feel proud of where they come from is the best way to create a community of learners who respect each other and want to learn with, and from each other.

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    Juan Bobo by F Isabel Campoy, writes the tale of Juan Bobo getting sent to search for firewood As Campoy describes who Juan Bobo is at the end of the story, how Juan is only able to resolve intricate problems The picture that shows who Juan Bobo is on the page after the first page of the story, is an oil pastel painting with Juan sitting on top of a very small burro or donkey in English You can also see the mother in the background looking at him in awe, possibly because of his way of solving problems Overall, this traditional tale is very interesting because I have never heard of it Juan Bobo can be seen like the Mexican Pepito I would recommend these tales for students in ESL or even high school Spanish classes to exercise their Spanish.

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    I cannot recommend this book enough The stories in it are well told and the full page, full color illustrations are beautiful But even importantly, the authors have included illuminating cultural notes following each story and an introduction to the book that gives an impressively thorough yet concise 6 pages description of the complex cultural historical origins of Hispanic folktales In addition, there are a few pages in the book with suggestions on how to begin and end a story in English and Spanish e.g habia una vez once upon a time The stories themselves are written in English, with some Spanish words interspersed It is simply a must have book for anyone telling stories to young children.

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    I LOVE folktales I think they are a great way to bring different cultures into the classroom They also offer a rich tradition of oral literacy By looking at details and descriptions within a folktale one can ascertain what values are important, what the geography is like, as well as customs, food, and styles of artwork In my class, I would use folktales as an opportunity to get the parents families involved I would have students ask their parents for any stories they heard as a child or even talk about an evnet that happened to them and perhaps create their own folktale to begin passing down In this book, my favorite foltale is A Bird of One Thousand Colors.

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    Tales Our Abuelitas Told A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada is a wonderful folktale book detailing twelve Hispanic folktales This is a book I would use in third through fifth grade classrooms, in various ways I think it could be used to fit what you want to teach students, whether that is morals, different cultures or just for fun This was a WOW book for me simply because I had never read any Hispanic Folktales, or really any folktales that I can remember It was definitely a new experience to read them and I really enjoyed that the author included a summary of the folktale after the text It tells the story of the folktale, where it started, the multiple variations of the text and her rationale for including it within the collection In my classroom, using this collection would be tied to learning about a range of folktales across many cultures I would like to focus on one folktale specifically and really dig into the meaning within the text as well as comparing the various variations of the folktale I think students would enjoy trying to find the differences between the variations After the found the differences, students will write about their favorite variation and how it compares to the one from the collection and why it is their favorite If students choose to use the collection text as their favorite variation, then they can work to find another folktale that might have similar themes but within a different culture s folktales Also within my classroom, I would love to have groups of students take a folktale from the collection and adapt it into a play This allows students to work on their writing skills as well as reading to ensure they are capturing every detail After creating their script, students will have time to practice their short play and will be allowed to perform for the class I think this would be a great classroom activity to invite families so that they can see their students hard work I think this will give students a deeper connection to the folktale and hopefully allow them to remember from it since they have something to reference back to while thinking of the text.

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    Tales Our Abuelitas Told A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada is a wonderful collection of twelve folktales with stories that truly embrace the heritage of Latino people Each story is accompanied with a beautiful illustration that also captures the Hispanic culture This is such an amazing collection because not only is it a group of tales passed down from generation to generation, but it also incorporates the Hispanic heritage This is a great way to connect with students and support their background knowledge, as well as teach students who are unfamiliar about a new culture The first few pages of the book contain opening lines that are traditionally used when telling stories in the Spanish language and are accompanied by an English translation This is helpful to speakers of both languages and will support readers with fluency I believe it is important to introduce folklore from many cultures, not just one This collection of stories would be great for a unit on folklore As teachers, we should actively try to connect with students background knowledge, but it is important to understand that some students will need scaffolding with unfamiliar cultures Introducing many cultures to students helps them expand their knowledge and grow appreciation and respect for cultures different from their own Folklore aligns with many of the Common Core Standards for language arts in grades 3 5 Any of these stories would serve as a great read aloud, but I believe these tales would be great to read independently or in partners as well To encourage visualization and attention to detail, students could draw their own illustration of a folktale to display in the classroom After reading a few stories from Tales Our Abuelitas Told, students could write their own folklores with a lesson or theme This book would be great for students to identify central ideas in a story and find the take away message from it Folklores are also great tales for students to identify similes, metaphors, personification, and other expressions Students could also practice fluency by working on inflections in their voice when speaking as one of the characters in the story I really loved this book and was entertained by the engaging stories and beautiful pictures I will definitely find a copy of this for my future classroom

  9. says:

    Grade interest level Primary 1st 3rd grade Reading level No lexile level available but looks to be about 3rd grade level with some supportGenre Traditional literature, multicultural Spanish words Main Characters Multiple animals along with humansSetting Various settings but mostly in the countryPOV 3rd person narration This book is a collection of stories popular in Hispanic culture Most of the stories contain a reason for why something is the way it is today or have a lesson to be learned The book also contains some references to Spanish words but it is clearly stated what they mean in English so this would be a book for anyone to enjoy One of the tales in the book describes a turtle challenging a deer to a race up the mountain because the deer said the turtle could never make it The turtle outsmarts the deer however and has two of her friends who look exactly like her meet the deer at the scheduled stops When the deer finds he has underestimated the turtle and the turtle wins, the deer never laughs again and stays away from animals and people because of his shame I would use this book in the classroom as an example of folktales Students would be able to read these Hispanic multicultural tales and maybe make their own using their own culture Also, each story can be used as a read aloud to make a certain point that needs to be addressed Because these are told in such a fun positive way, I think students will learn from them and learn the lesson trying to be told in the story to be used in their lives.

  10. says:

    really enjoyed these stories