Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez - OPTIONAL

Hernandez, Jaime The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America, 40 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Toon Graphics (Candlewick), 2017. $17. Content: G.   

Three different folktales are included in this graphic novel.  The first is called The Dragon Slayer and is about a young girl who uses a magical truth wand to help the boy she loves from being sacrificed to a dragon. The second story is Martina Martinez and Perez the Mouse about a woman who attracts all sorts of animals, but finds her true love in a rat, but he falls into a soup pot and a wise woman from town has to save him.  The third story is Tup and the Aunts about a boy who convinces a colony of aunts to do all of his chores of planting a corn field.   

Although the three stories are completely different they are all entertaining with different morals to the story.  The illustrations are cartoon-ish but well done.  I enjoyed these stories and there are author’s notes at the beginning and the end that explain why we have folktales and more history on the three folktales in this book. I would imagine this has a limited audience and would probably most effectively be used by a Literature teacher in a Folktales unit.   

EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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