Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales (Hardcover)

Mexican Folktales

By Jacqueline Mair (Illustrator), Neil Philip (Selected by)

Clarion Books, 9780618194636, 84pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003



This unique collection of fifteen folktales draws on the rich storytelling tradition of Mexico's people and culture. Classic themes and fairytale elements are blended with magic and transformation and infused with Roman Catholic imagery to create a distinctly Mexican flavor and flare. The Virgin Mary plays the role of fairy godmother, devils gamble for souls, and witches make themselves known by dancing at fiestas with horse hooves instead of feet. And as in other folk traditions, cats, dogs, fools, soldiers, and princesses go on quests and have magical adventures. Lively retellings and vibrant, whimsical paintings, based on Mexican folk art, make these spirited tales just right for storytimes and a perfect introduction to this little-known body of folk literature. Introduction, notes on the stories, bibliography.

Praise For Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales

"Richly varied collection...distinctive flavor...stylish and humorous retellings...alive with bright color...a well-put-together package. Clearly superior...enjoyable volume." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

"well-documented and authentic...Mexican flavor is strong throughout...occasional brilliant, hot watercolors...much information for the serious student of folklore." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews

"15 traditional Mexican tales...lovers, princesses, magicians and priests, illustrated in the style and fiesta-bright hues of Mexican folk art." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

"useful and attractively presented...stories are simply yet effectively retold...exuberant illustrations...illuminating introduction...An extensive bibliography...a solid collection" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA