Fiesta Femenina by Mary-Joan Gerson
Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktales

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Fiesta Femenina portrays the courage and resilience of the feminine spirit through the stories of eight extraordinary Mexican women. From a goddess whose very being is the earth we walk on in "The Hungry Goddess," to a clever female personification of the moon in "Why the Moon is Free," these stories show how the feminine spirit touches many parts of Mexican culture, from the soil to the stars.
 

About Mary-Joan Gerson

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Gerson grew up on the ethnically diverse Lower East Side of New York City, attended Cornell University, and later earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University, where she now directs family therapy training. She has made many trips to the cultural centers of Mexico. Gonzalez is an award winning illustrator and graphic artist.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Barefoot Books. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Others, many with complex and mysterious origins, include “The Green Bird” and “Blancaflor,” and the legends “The Virgin of Guadalupe,” and “Malintzen of the Mountain.” The bold, colorful illustrations include borders along the bottom of each story to reflect its theme and full-page pictures of t...

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The famous legend of ""The Virgin of Guadalupe"" sits alongside the Mayan tale ""Rosha and the Sun,"" in which a girl rescues the sun after her brother traps it, and the Aztec tale ""Malintzin of the Mountain,"" sheds light on the controversial woman who fell for Cort s and helped him conquer...

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