Cuckoo-Cucú (A Mexican Folktale/Un cuento folklorico)
By  Lois Ehlert
Illustrations by: Lois Ehlert
Paperback  40 Pages
List Price:  $17.00

Our Price $12.75

From 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.”

About the Book

A story 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 Rope."

Presented both in English and Spanish, the book introduces the cadence of the Spanish language to non-spanish speakers.

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