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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0938317393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938317395
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The illustrations by mother-daughter team Hill and Pennypacker add depth to the story…Deeper colors are used to depict the couple and infant children in happier times. Shaded pictures and silhouettes add to the feelings of deception, desertion, and despair that came later. Best if read aloud. Recommended to all libraries and bookstores." —Críticas

"This new edition features much larger, full-color illustrations destined to make the story even more popular, as well as the direct narration in both Spanish and English. This belongs in every folktale collection, and libraries serving Hispanic children, especially those of Mexican descent, can easily justify purchasing multiple copies." —Kirkus Reviews

"This story packs a punch in both English and the author's fluid Spanish translation…A solid retelling of a classic tale." —School Library Journal

"This story is presented in both English and Spanish, and has a companion audiocassette. The richly detailed illustrations in brown hues capture the town, its residents, and their clothing." —Multicultural Children's Literature

"This popular Hispanic legend is told here in both Spanish and English and warns children about the dangers of venturing out past their bedtimes…This book would be useful in multicultural and/or language arts lessons."—Children's Literature

"The traditional Latino story of a cast-off wife who drowns her children, dies of grief, and spends each night thereafter stalking the riverbank as a wailing ghost finds corporeality in this bilingual picture book. Hayes’ sentences are compact but evocative; he limits the ghostly effects, making this telling more suitable for timid youngsters than creepier versions, but there’s still plenty of pathos in the drama."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book

"Even though this is a printed book, you can imagine Hayes telling the story aloud, surrounded by kids in a shadowy room, perhaps with only a blazing fireplace for light, and as he concludes the tale, the kiddies shiver and move a little closer…" —The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Joe Hayes is considered one of the authorities on the story and has retold it countless times. He’s also authored a version recently reissued in hardback, which tells the infamous story in both Spanish and English."—McAllen Monitor

" Every child who ever heard the tale of La Llorona knows that she is still out there, wailing and looking for her children -- or maybe someone else's. Young readers with a vivid imagination can't go wrong with a Joe Hayes storybook. He is a good read any time of year. You don't have to wait for ghosts to come knocking or howling."—El Paso Times

Language Notes

Text: English, Spanish

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They loved hearing of other culture's versions of the "boogeyman."
Natalya Martinez
It open up doors to conversing with your children or your students about the bigger issues in this book.
Bibliophile
This book is a great version for younger children who you don't want to scare too much with this story.
Proud Mama

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on April 19, 2009
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The weeping woman is traditional Latin American tale to scare children. This rendition is great. It open up doors to conversing with your children or your students about the bigger issues in this book. Such topics, as obsession, narcissism, arrogance, vengeance, control and domination call be discussed with this book. The book is bilingual which is a plus, but the Spanish is pretty simple for native speakers. Non-native beginner and intermediate students will find it a little challenging. It is story that never gets old. It also fun to tell, because many believe it to be true from the time of "la malinche". She helped Cortez conquer hers and other native peoples of the new world.

It is a little too violent for really young children, but it is a scary story so use your discretion in telling this tale to children under 7.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Proud Mama on February 22, 2008
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This book is a great version for younger children who you don't want to scare too much with this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalya Martinez on January 7, 2009
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I am an Elementary School Spanish teacher and I am always looking for books to teach the children about Spanish or Latin American culture. La Llorona always brought fear to Latino children if they weren't minding their parents and I thought it would be interesting to share this legend with my students. They loved hearing of other culture's versions of the "boogeyman." This version of the story has great illustrations and told remarkably well. It is not too scary for most children but enough to have the kids relating to the legend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karina Kane on November 26, 2012
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It came in really nice shape and sooner than I expected!! Love that service! I will definetly consider it for my next buy :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Johnson on March 26, 2012
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I can't say enough about Joe Hayes' books. I love them! This story, La Llorona is one of many of his that I own. I was told this folk tale as a child growing up in a Hispanic household. Now that he has published this I can share it with my students. Please don't stop publishing these wonderful books Mr. Hayes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Bustamante on October 8, 2010
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Excellent storyteller relates a famous ghost story in English & Spanish at the same time. Love it & will be using it in my classroom.
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More About the Author

Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers--a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers. His books, CDs and tapes of Southwestern stories are popular nationwide. Born in Pennsylvania, Joe Hayes moved as a child to a small town in southern Arizona, some fifty miles from the Mexican border. From Mexican-American friends and schoolmates he began to acquire a knowledge of Spanish and an appreciation for Hispanic culture. As an adult, his experience with Spanish helped him find work doing mineral exploration in Mexico and Spain. When Joe moved to New Mexico in 1976, he first taught high school English, but his interest in the rich folklore of the region was already growing. He enjoyed sharing stories with his own children so much that he decided to shape a career for himself as a storyteller. Joe gathered traditional stories of the Southwest, added a little of his own spice and hit the road, traveling all over to share his stories. He has captured the imagination of children in schools all over the United States. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network, an award given to members of the storytelling community who have made considerable and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. Joe has taught storytelling to teachers at the University of New Mexico and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, delivering the commencement address for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at U.C.L.A. He was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and in 1995 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence. Joe began sharing his stories in print in 1982. His books have received many awards including the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, and an Aesop Accolade Award. Joe's books have also been on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List three times, and Ghost Fever--selected by Texas school children--won the Texas Bluebonnet Award for 2006-2007, the first bilingual book to achieve that distinction.