This three-volume collection could have been dubbed “Everything You Wanted to Know about Latino Culture But Didn’t Even Realize You Should Ask.” In this A–Z reference, everything from “African Influence on Latino Folklore,” “Lowriders,” and “Hip Hop”to “Santeria” and “Zorro” is featured, with just enough detail and substance to provide a quick but comprehensive morsel of information. Each volume includes an introduction that defines the terms and historical implications of the culture and the tenets that encompass the folklore. Immediately following the introduction is a “Guide to Related Topics,“ which groups entries by such genres as ”Art,“ ”Foods,“ ”Music,“ ”Sacred Spaces,“ and more. Entries range from 1 to 10 pages, with the folklore of individual countries receiving the most treatment. If further information is needed, each entry ends with a useful bibliography. Black-and-white photographs dot the text. Links to interactive multimedia would have served this collection well and should be considered for any consecutive editions. The text at times academic but should still be accessible to high-school students. Recommended for academic libraries with multicultural liberal-arts majors, high-school libraries, and large public libraries. --Joslyn Jones
• Spotlights the folklore of the Latin American nations and their influence on U.S. Latino folklore
• Demonstrates the tremendous variety and beauty of Latino folklore
• Presents insights into the nature and importance of folklore for the Latino people
• Provides a landmark study of Latino folklore that promotes understanding and insight into an important aspect of Latino culture
• 300 A–Z entries that describe the myriad topics of Latino folklore
• Contributions from distinguished scholars from across the United States
• Photographs, paintings, and documents that supplement and enhance the essays
• A short bibliography of suggested readings accompanies each essay
"This three-volume collection could have been dubbed 'Everything You Wanted to Know about Latino Culture But Didn't Even Realize You Should Ask.' . . . Recommended for academic libraries with multicultural liberal arts majors, high school
libraries, and large public libraries."
"A good introduction, which defines the term Latino; a very complete bibliography; and an appendix of medicinal plants round out the set, making this a good starting point for high school or undergraduate research. Summing up: recommended."
"The encyclopedia is groundbreaking, not because it is the first attempt to survey Latino folklore, but because it is so comprehensive. The editor, a highly regarded folklorist, however, warns that it is not an exhaustive study or a collection of folkloric texts. It stands proudly as one of the strongest reference works in multicultural America."