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La Llorona: The Crying Woman (English and Spanish Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:0826344607
LANGUAGE:English, Sp

" bookaday #34. My students are big fans of the folktale La Llorona, when I saw this in a New Mexico gift shop I had to get it for them. The illustrations are bold and bright and the story flows nicely in both English and Spanish. Curious to see how they like it. " said.

"This old Mexican-tale has been told for centuries to scare the youth to behave and be in before dark comes. Many versions of the story have been created and re-written for various readers. This is the story of a young woman who has lost her children to drowning, she weeps day and night along the canal or other body of water crying for her children to return home. It is said she waits when the sun goes down for children who stay out late or disobey their parents. What she does with them is another story. When you hear la llorona's cry it means danger is near and you should return home where it is safe. " said.

"This children's book has just one of many variations of La Llorona, the crying woman, and this one is retold by Rudolfo Anaya, the author of Bless Me Ultima. The illustrations are wonderful, and the Spanish/English text enriches the story. I think, in part, this story has been told to countless children in New Mexico as well as other places to keep them from wandering unaccompanied too close to water. Some versions are quite scary. You can find numerous links doing an Internet search. YouTube also has several variations--here is one link that contains information and interviews of people who grew up hearing the stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq-1W... " said.

" Born in New Mexico I grew up listening to this story. " said.

" Out of all the versions of this story, I found this one to be the most mysterious. The art work was very well done. I especially loved the way the little owl was painted. Spooky stuff, I like this! " said.

" I grew up with La Llorona story and living near the rio always made me shiver to think of her. This bilingual legend is quite captivating with the beautiful illustrations and vivid literary imagery. " said.

" bookaday #34. My students are big fans of the folktale La Llorona, when I saw this in a New Mexico gift shop I had to get it for them. The illustrations are bold and bright and the story flows nicely in both English and Spanish. Curious to see how they like it. " said.

"This old Mexican-tale has been told for centuries to scare the youth to behave and be in before dark comes. Many versions of the story have been created and re-written for various readers. This is the story of a young woman who has lost her children to drowning, she weeps day and night along the canal or other body of water crying for her children to return home. It is said she waits when the sun goes down for children who stay out late or disobey their parents. What she does with them is another story. When you hear la llorona's cry it means danger is near and you should return home where it is safe. " said.

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