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Judy Goldman's Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

Shari Schmidt - ChicagoNow
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October 31, 2013

Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico
by Judy Goldman (Author), Fabricio Vandenbroeck (Illustrator)
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I'm fascinated with folktales, so I couldn't wait to read Whiskers, Tails & Wings:  Animal Folktales from Mexico by Judy Goldman. Goldman takes animal folktales from five indigenous peoples of Mexico and retells them in a what that makes you feel like you've known the story all your life. What's great about these folktales is that they come from peoples typically not explored like the Aztecs or Mayans.

If there's a common theme among the stories it is that the unexpected choice is often the right one for the job. A cricket battles a Puma. A humble sea turtle saves the day. A flea saves humans from themselves. It's a theme often found in folktales, but here there are unexpected twists and turns.

What's great about this book is after each story is a glimpse into the indigenous people and their worlds. Goldman wrote a couple of pages about each culture to help readers understand the people behind the folktales. There are also glossaries to translate unfamiliar Spanish words into English, although the words seem to lose some of their beauty in translation.

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