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Cuckoo/Cucu: A Mexican Folktale/Un cuento folklorico mexicano

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Cuckoo is beautiful. Trouble is, she's lazy. She never does her share of work-that is, until a field fire threatens the season's seed crop and Cuckoo is the only one who can save it. But will she risk harming her lovely feathers by flying through the thick smoke and flames?
Paperback, 36 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Sarah Sammis
Cuckoo by Lois Ehlert is a retelling of a Mexican folktale about how the cuckoo got its black feathers. The book is written in both English and Spanish and uses traditional styles of Mexican arts and crafts for its illustrations.

When the book begins Cuckoo is shunned by the other birds. She is colorful and loves to sing. She's so busy singing she doesn't think to help the other birds save their seeds for the winter. For this she is called vain.

But when a fire comes, Cuckoo is given a chance to p
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An interesting folktale from Mexico about how the cuckoo's feathers became black. The lesson of not to judge a bird by its feathers is beautifully written in both English and Spanish. I wish the text of each language was a different color to make for easier distinction. The illustrations, however, are certainly not lacking in vibrant colors. Ehlert's illustrations incorporate many artistic styles from Mexican culture.
Andria
The colors in the illustrations blend together a little too much.
Romaine
I have a passion for the spanish language and this book is absolute great story with beautiful pictures. You can choose to read the english or have a go at the spanish...
This book is about Cuchoo the bird that just loves herself and all the other animals think she is lazy. But when something happens cuchoo proves the other side of his character. A great moral for all ages and the colours are mesmerising. This would also be a great book to read as part of Lnaguages, drama or art. Age 3 and above.
Robyn Davis
This is a classic Mexican folk tale that is told in both English and Spanish. It's great for Hispanic ELLs, especially those who are already readers. At the beginning of the book there are symbols of animals and other things that are labeled in English and Spanish. The symbols would be a great craft to do with paper cut outs!
Abby
Simultaneaously in English and Spanish, so a great learning tool for children trying to learn either language. The illustrations are cut colored paper; a neat style, but kind of boring. In fact, the story itself was kind of boring.
Kerri Harshaw
This is a great book full of wonderful pictures! Students can learn a great lesson about outside apperences not being important. The book has the wrods written in English, but are also translated into Spanish on each page.
Edna
All the birds think Cuckoo is vain and lazy - when she is the only one that can save the seeds to be planted for food, what do you think she does? These bold, bright geometrical shaped illustrations are powerful and creative.
Armando
This is the story of a beautiful bird that did not do his work, until a fire threatens the food supply and he worked so hard until all the seeds were safe.
Jordin
This story was one of my favorites as a child. I still have it. It's a beautiful story with wonderful pictures and is told in english and spanish.
Tara Pietrucha
Beautiful story. I love it. Written in both English and Spanish with amazing illustration.
Polly
Interesting and ingenious as most of Ehlert's work is!
Darla
An excellent choice for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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