Amazonia by Daniel Munduruku
Indigenous Tales from Brazil

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As the reteller states in his preface, “Myths allow us to recognize our proper role in the web of life,” but this anthology will require an intermediary who can creatively make the connections between the text and its readers
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Amazonia is an extraordinary book of Brazilian folk tales that combines the authentic voice of Munduruku, an Indian who grew up in the Amazon rainforest, with the imagined Amazon of Russia’s foremost children’s book illustrator. Mermaids, serpents, tigers, snakes, flying men, witches — extraordinary creatures from the world’s most important jungle live on in these tales. The stories are fascinating, and sometimes startling, as protagonists are killed off or transformed into animals — or rise up precipitously into the heavens. More than just rollicking adventures, they offer a panorama of experience — conflict and death, love and seduction, greed and gluttony, hunting and fishing, cooking and caring for plants — and describe the origins of the natural world. Munduruku’s storytelling and Popov’s imagination bring us the tales of the people of the Amazon in all their magic wonder.
 

About Daniel Munduruku

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Daniel Munduruku is the author of Tales of the Amazon: How the Munduruku Indians Live and numerous other collections of fables and legends from Brazil. Nikolai Popov is a gifted artist and is also widely regarded as one of the best children's book illustrators in Russia. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2008. He lives in Moscow.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Groundwood Books. 128 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.
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As the reteller states in his preface, “Myths allow us to recognize our proper role in the web of life,” but this anthology will require an intermediary who can creatively make the connections between the text and its readers

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