Brazilian Folktales

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A rich brew of more than 40 traditional Brazilian tales--from creation stories and stories of enchantment to animal and trickster tales--draws on the varied cultural traditions of indigenous peoples, people of African descent, those of European (and particularly Portuguese) descent, and mixtures of these groups. The stories are retold by today's accomplished Brazilian storytellers. Also includes background information on the country and the tales, color photographs, traditional recipes, and children's games.

Brazil, the largest country in South America, covers a vast terrain that ranges from the tropical rain forests of the Amazon basin and upland farms, to towering mountains and sandy beaches; from highly populated urban centers to virtually inaccessible interior jungle regions. Its population is composed of indigenous peoples (e.g., Tupy, Kaxinawa, Taulipang), people of African descent, those of European (mostly Portuguese) descent, and mixtures of these groups. Drawing on the varied cultural traditions and ethnic diversity of the country, this collection offers readers a rich brew of traditional Brazilian tales--from creation stories and stories of enchantment to animal and trickster tales. More than 40 stories are included, along with background information, color photographs, recipes, and games. There are very few collections of Brazilian folktales currently available in English, and none with this depth and range. This is a wonderful treasury for storytellers, folklorists, and educators. Also a great resource for educators planning units on the Amazon rain forest! All grade levels.

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About the author

Livia de Almeida is a journalist and editor of Veja Rio magazine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ana Portella is a librarian, specializing in reading, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Margaret Read MacDonald an award-winning and internationally renowned author, storyteller, folklorist, and children's librarian. She has written more than 30 books, edited a number of titles in the Libraries Unlimited World Folklore Series, and teaches storytelling at University of Washington Informational School and at Lesley University.

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Publisher
Libraries Unlimited
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Published on
Dec 31, 2006
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Pages
169
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ISBN
9781563089305
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Social Science / Folklore & Mythology
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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