From the Winds of Manguito/Desde los Vientos de Manguito Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish/Cuentos Folkloricos de Cuba, en Ingles y Espanol by Elvia Perez


From the Winds of Manguito/Desde los Vientos de Manguito Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish/Cuentos Folkloricos de Cuba, en Ingles y Espanol by Elvia Perez

As intoxicating as the traditional music of Cuba, and as delicious as picadillo and plantains, storytelling is alive and well on the beautiful island of Cuba. Cuban folklore is particularly rich, drawing from both Hispanic and Afro-Cuban traditions. Elvia Perez, a practicing Cuban storyteller brings you 21 tales of delight and wonder-from engaging animal stories and tales of the fantastic to Afro-Cuban patakies and side-splitting tall tales from the Cuban countryside. All stories are presented in English and Spanish, making this a great resource for ESL and Spanish language classes. In addition, you'll find all the popular World Folklore series extras-a brief history of the island, traditional recipes, color photographs and drawings, even directions for Cuban children's games. A versatile book with many educational applications, this collection is a must for the library's folklore and children's collections, as well as for storytellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in learning about the traditions of Cuba. All levels.


?While much is known about Cuban cinema and literature--such figures as novelist Reinaldo Arenas and film classics like Memories of the Underdevelopment are internationally recognized by literature loves, film aficionados, and academicians--that is not the case with Cuban folklore....This interesting volume helps to fill in the gap.?-Multicultural Review

About the Author

Elvia Perez is a world-renowned storyteller, storytelling advocate, author, and journal editor who has served on the Cuban National Cultural Council for more than two decades. Paula Martin is a teacher, writer and storyteller, who performs in schools and community centres in her native Argentina, and at festivals in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. Margaret Read Macdonald is a children's librarian with the King County Library System, Seattle, Washington. Victor Hernandez Mora is an illustrator from Cuba. He has had both collective and individual exhibitions in Havana at various cultural institutions.

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184 pages


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Publication date

30th September 2004



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