Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet by Neil Philip
Mexican Folktales (Aesop Prize (Awards))

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This unique collection of fifteen folktales draws on the rich storytelling tradition of Mexico’s people and culture. Classic themes and fairytale elements are blended with magic and transformation and infused with Roman Catholic imagery to create a distinctly Mexican flavor and flare. The Virgin Mary plays the role of fairy godmother, devils gamble for souls, and witches make themselves known by dancing at fiestas with horse hooves instead of feet. And as in other folk traditions, cats, dogs, fools, soldiers, and princesses go on quests and have magical adventures. Lively retellings and vibrant, whimsical paintings, based on Mexican folk art, make these spirited tales just right for storytimes and a perfect introduction to this little-known body of folk literature. Introduction, notes on the stories, bibliography.

About Neil Philip

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Neil Philip is a noted folklorist and anthologist who has written several books on Native American and multicultural themes for Clarion, including IN A SACRED MANNER I LIVE, which was named both a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in England. Jacqueline Mair is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet
Published September 22, 2003 by Clarion Books. 84 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An interesting collection that will attract some readers because of the origin of the tales (and the usefulness of the origin notes) but the collection lacks the spice necessary to make it a first choice.

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by Jacqueline Mair, gathers 15 traditional Mexican tales of lovers, princesses, magicians and priests, illustrated in the style and fiesta-bright hues of Mexican folk art.

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