Cuckoo-Cucú (A Mexican Folktale/Un cuento folklorico)
by: Lois Ehlert
Paperback 40 Pages
List Price: $17.00
Our Price $12.75
School Library Journal-
“This tale, charmingly told in both English and Spanish, is boldly
illustrated with large, brightly colored, cut-paper pictures. Inspired
by folk art and crafts, the images evoke the tin work and cutout fiesta
banners of Mexico. Apparently secured by paper fasteners, Cuckoo and
some of the other birds look like jointed toys. A perfect companion to
Ehlert's Moon Rope (Item 90052), this book provides a fine introduction
to the pourquoi story form and to literature in Spanish. Given the amount
of dialogue in the narrative, the story would adapt easily to readers'
theater; as well, it is perfectly suited for use in ESL programs. Another
sure winner from Ehlert.”
From Kirkus Reviews-
“A book almost as much a piece of folk art as it is a folktale.”
that parables “You can’t judge a book by it’s
cover.” In this exciting Mayan tale, Cuckoo is a colorful bird
who sings her sweet song all day and appears to be lazy. Finally
the other industrious animals, who have prepared for the annual harvest
the next day, tire of hearing her and fall into an exhausted sleep.
Only Cuckoo is awake when a fire breaks out. She works tirelessly
to save the seeds, though her voice is hoarse and her plumage is
scorched. She earns the respect and gratitude of the other birds
who admit that “you can't tell much about a bird by looking
at its feathers.''
I highly recommend this adventure and suggest
you combine it with Ms. Ehlert’s "Moon
Presented both in English
and Spanish, the book introduces the cadence of the Spanish language
to non-spanish speakers.