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Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas (Tales Our Abuelitas Told): Cuentos populares Hispánicos (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – August 22, 2006

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About the Author

Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including My Name is Maria Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura BelprÉ Medal), and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award). She lives in California, and you can visit her at almaflorada.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1416919058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416919056
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alma Flor Ada, Pro­fes­sor Emerita at the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco, has devoted her life to advo­cacy for peace by pro­mot­ing a ped­a­gogy ori­ented to per­sonal real­iza­tion and social jus­tice. A for­mer Rad­cliffe Scholar at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and Ful­bright Research Scholar she is an inter­na­tion­ally re-known speaker and the author of numer­ous children's books of poetry, nar­ra­tive, folk­lore and non fic­tion. Her books have received pres­ti­gious awards; among many: Christo­pher Medal (The Gold Coin), Pura Bel­pré Medal (Under the Royal Palms), Once Upon a World (Gath­er­ing the Sun), Par­ents' Choice Honor (Dear Peter Rab­bit), NCSS and CBC Notable Book (My Name is María Isabel). She is also the author of a book of mem­oirs, Vivir en dos idiomas, two nov­els for adults, En clave de sol and A pesar del amor, and sev­eral pro­fes­sional books for edu­ca­tors, includ­ing A Mag­i­cal Encounter: Latino Children's Lit­er­a­ture in the Class­room, as well as a wealth of edu­ca­tional mate­ri­als. Her work, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with F. Isabel Cam­poy in pro­mot­ing author­ship in stu­dents, teach­ers, and par­ents is the con­tent of their book Authors in the Class­room: A Trans­for­ma­tive Edu­ca­tion Process. Alma Flor Ada has been awarded the Amer­i­can Edu­ca­tion Research Asso­ci­a­tion [AERA] His­panic Issues Award for Research in Ele­men­tary, Sec­ondary and Post­sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion and the Cal­i­for­nia Asso­ci­a­tion for Bilin­gual Edu­ca­tion [CABE] Life Long Award.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ana I. Vazquez on February 19, 2009
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Mi hijo de 3 años no se interesa mucho por este libro aun. El libro tiene pocos dibujos y bastante texto y el español es algo complejo. Sin embargo, me interesa tener buen material para leerle en español para expandir su vocabulario. Este libro esta muy bien escrito y los libros con pocas imágenes ayudan a los niños a imaginarse el cuento y mejoran su comprensión lectora.
He comprado algunos libros en español que son traducciones y el español es triste. Este libro es una belleza de leer, y eso no es fácil de encontrar. Lo recomiendo mucho.
Creo que es como para niños de 5 años. Igual se lo estoy leyendo a mi hijo y el se esfuerza por seguir el cuento. Lo tengo que ayudar conversando sobre lo leído, pues sino noto que no lo puede seguir.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By syser on January 11, 2011
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This book is beautiful and the stories are engaging for kids as well as adults. The illustrations are beautiful but the focus is on the writing. This will definitely become a family heirloom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Carrillo on October 22, 2009
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And the end of every story there are beautiful descriptions of where the story originated. Wonderful stories to read to infants and toddlers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Krista on March 31, 2013
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I am an adult who wants to improve my spanish as well as learn about the popular stories told to children in the Hispanic culture. I recommend this book to help you improve your Spanish because it seems very well written and the stories are enjoyable. I like the "Bienvenida" section that provides an explanation/history of the origin of the stories (12 in all) and then after each individual story, the author gives you a little more information about that particular story. This adds to the enjoyment of the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 4, 2013
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My goddaughters are being reared bilingually, at my behest. ... English-speaking parents at night, and Spanish-speaking nanny during the day.

While it's difficult to find age-appropriate instructional materials for pre-school children that correspond with other efforts to ensure Spanish language aquisition, as a native speaker, Amazon.com has been a true treasure trove. Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas is a perfect example, and my goddaughters (twins, 3 1/2 years of age) love it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zachary O Safi on September 18, 2013
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These stories are classic folk tales, not fairy tales. Each story is under 5 pages with illustrations. Great book for beginners and intermediate learners. Should be required reading at all university Spanish courses!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mari on September 19, 2012
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Lovely book - but either needs more pictures, or is meant for an older child (my son is just about to turn three). If the page has no pictures, he wants me to turn to a page with pictures - which, of course, eliminates two whole pages of content! He'll happily listen to a whole page as long as there is a picture in it - and it is a lovely collection of stories in Spanish that are written IN Spanish - which is huge for me. So I give it four stars - and if your child is older - I give it five!

enjoy!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brajesh K Singh on January 18, 2012
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Instead of reading boring adult material to learn Spanish, I find this much more interesting, I love folk tales, and these are so different than what I grew up reading that I feel like a child again :)
The tortoise and hare story is completely different than the version I'm used to...and I find this version much more "real life" and believable!
5 stars for this book from me :)
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