Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tall Tales from Latin America

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating the countries and cultures of Latin America. The first post featured creation stories from Latin America, and the second introduced clever folk heroes and trickster tales. This post shares a few favorite tall tales from Latin America.

Doña Flor: a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart (2005) by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colón (a Golden Kite Award winner and a Pura Belpré Award winner). Doña Flor is a giant of a woman, of the likes of Paul Bunyon and other earth-shaping tall tale heroes. She uses her kindness and ability to talk to animals to help both the neighboring villagers and the wildlife. But when a ferocious puma's growl threatens people and animals alike, Flor knows she must take action!

When the Pigs Took Over (2002) by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Diane Greenseid. In this absurd story, Alonzo's big brother Don Carlos takes everything to extremes. He wears seven hats - instead of one. And still he asks for "más" (more). As his requests spiral out of control, his little brother teaches him that perhaps there are times when enough is enough!

Do you have a favorite Latin American tall tale to share?

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