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Baila, Nana, Baila (Dance, Nana, Dance)

Magazine article Montessori Life

Baila, Nana, Baila (Dance, Nana, Dance)

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Baila, Nana, Baila (Dance, Nana, Dance) Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish Retold by Joe Hayes Illustrated by Mauricio Trenard Sayago El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2008 $20.95

By Kathy Carey

Folktales encompass the culture and history of a people, celebrating the noble as well as the foolish. They are oral histories that convey a moral, relate how we of that culture are to live, or how we are not to live. Embedded in folklore are life lessons.

This collection of Cuban folktales, appropriate for kindergarten and early elementary age children, is strongly reminiscent of the humorous but highly moral tales of lssac Bashevis Singer's Stories for Children (New York: Far rar Straus, 1986), written for older children.

In the first story, "Yams Don't Talk," a young couple is deceived by a turtle into thinking their winter stash of yams can talk as each time one of them approaches they hear, "Thief! Scoundrel! Leave Us Where We Are!" They enlist the aid of the king, the holy one of the forest with three feet, Osai ? …

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