Pequenos cuentos para los dias de sol
Grades 4 & Up
Thursday, November 24, 2011
by: Amy Olson

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Amy Olson, Children's/Teen Librarian & Programming Consultant, Lexington, KY.

Previously published in French, this collection of 30 different short stories, fables, and legends has been illustrated by multiple illustrators and centers around the theme of the sun. Many entries are 'pourquoi' tales, explaining why there are stars in the sky, why the sun and moon never meet, why the rabbit hides at the setting of the sun, etc. The title is reminiscent in style and format to The Little Book of Latino American Folktales by Carmen Diana Dearden. However, something that is greatly lacking is the source note for each tale. While some of the tales are retold from Grimm's or Andersen's fairy tales and this is mentioned, the majority of the tales do not indicate their source, which is unacceptable for folklore collections. However, the content of the stories are sure to entertain elementary students making this a worthy selection for non-folktale collections. Recommended.


Pequenos cuentos para los dias de sol (original title: Contes pour les Soirs d'eta). Translated by Susana Andres. Madrid: Pirueta Editorial, 2011. 256pp. . $17.95 (Paperback). ISBN 978-84-92691-95-1. Grades 4 and Up, younger for read-aloud. Spanish.

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