Once Upon a Time/Habia una vez

Traditional Latin American Tales/ Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos

By Rueben Martinez; Raul Colon (Illustrator)
(Rayo, Hardcover, 9780061468957, 96pp.)

Publication Date: March 2010

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Enter an enchanted world of kings and giants, where cockroaches play dress-up and coyotes fly to the moon! In this lively bilingual collection of short stories, Spain and Latin America's most beloved tales are retold for a new generation.

From the grateful rooster who cries "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" to the awesome spirit of the Mother of the Jungle, Once Upon a Time/Habia una vez celebrates seven traditional folktales and tells them in a colorful, fresh voice. In these magical adventures that are sure to delight, readers young and old will meet some of the world's most memorable heroes and charming tricksters.

Entra a un mundo encantado de reyes y gigantes, donde las cucarachas se visten de gala ¡y los coyotes vuelan a la luna! En esta colecciÓn de cuentos bilingÜe, encontrarÁs las historias mÁs preciadas de EspaÑa y LatinoamÉrica, reinventadas aquÍ para una nueva generaciÓn.

Del gallo agradecido que grita "¡QuiquiriquÍ!" al poderoso espÍritu de la Madreselva, Once Upon a Time/Habia una vez celebra siete cuentos tanto populares como tradicionales. En estas aventuras mÁgicas que sin duda te agradarÁn, conocerÁs a hÉroes memorables y a pÍcaros encantadores.

About the Author

Rueben MartÍnez founded LibrerÍa MartÍnez Books and Art Gallery in 1993. In 2000 he launched a second venue dedicated to children's literature. LibrerÍa MartÍnez Books is now among the largest commercial sellers of Spanish-language books in the country, serving as a cornerstone of cultural events and community activities that promote the benefits of reading to Hispanic Americans and Spanish-speaking immigrants. Rueben is also the cofounder of the Latino Book Festival. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, the first ever given to a bookseller. Rueben lives in Santa Ana, California.

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