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Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale

Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale

Fall 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 8 - 15 yrs.
Author: Mary-Joan Gerson
Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez
ISBN: 1-84148-365-6
Hardcover Price: $19.99
In every culture, folktales represent the collective wisdom, dreams and anxieties of a people. Gerson has assembled woman-centered myths from several of Mexico's ethnicities, collecting from the Mayan, Aztec, and Yaqui traditions. The Virgin of Guadalupe is beloved throughout Mexico, but Malintzin, a.k.a. La Malinche, said to have fallen in love with Cort├ęs and facilitated the colonization of her people, is controversial. Nevertheless, she is seen as a mother of the race, her child the first Spanish/Mexican from whom most Mexicans consider themselves descended. Gonzalez' inspired drawings incorporate stylistic elements from Mexico's varied traditions. A very appealing book, and appropriate for older children who can appreciate how a story can be interpreted in different ways.
Ina Rimpau   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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