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Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women In Mexican Folktale

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A collection of folktales from various cultures in Mexico, all focusing on the important roles of women, such as Rosha, a young girl who rescues the sun; the goddess Tangu Yuh; Kesne, a Zapotec princess; and the Virgin Mary.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 31st 2005 by Barefoot Books (first published August 2001)
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Marissa García
This is a collection of eight folktales from Mexico that showcase brave, clever, or powerful female heroines. In her introduction. Mary-Joan Gerson, the collector, explains that she aimed to represent a variety of female roles in Fiesta Feminina, and show the complexity of character. The women in this collection are not just one type of fierce. There is the Malinche figure, Mexico’s most notorious traitor/protector, there is the Moon, who prefers to remain unmarried, and there is even the Virgin ...more
Vamos a Leer
Apr 12, 2016 Vamos a Leer rated it it was amazing
In this collection, Gerson has compiled a series of Mexican folktales, drawing from Maya, Aztec, Mixtec and Yaqui traditions. The tales have been selected for their strong female protagonists, in an effort to highlight the role of women in Mexican folklore. Gerson explains her intentions in the introduction of the book:

"One way in which Mexican stories represent their magical quality of life is through their female characters. Although they do not take the stage as frequently as men, women in Me
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Marissa García
Jan 31, 2013 Marissa García rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of eight folktales from Mexico that showcase brave, clever, or powerful female heroines. In her introduction. Mary-Joan Gerson, the collector, explains that she aimed to represent a variety of female roles in Fiesta Feminina, and show the complexity of character. The women in this collection are not just one type of fierce. There is the Malinche figure, Mexico’s most notorious traitor/protector, there is the Moon, who prefers to remain unmarried, and there is even the Virgin ...more
Cayla Caudillo
Oct 29, 2014 Cayla Caudillo rated it really liked it
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Drawing on rich strands of Mexican culture, these smoothly told folktales celebrate women, ranging from mythical goddesses to the historical Malintzen (a.k.a. Malinche). Among the tales drawn from the cultures of pre-Spanish Mexico, are “Rosha and the Sun,” from the Maya; “The Hungry Goddess,” an Aztec tale; “The Legend of Tangu Yu,” from the Zapotec; and “Why the Moon Is Free,” a Yaqui tale. Others, many with complex and mysterious origins, include “The Green Bird” and “Blancaflor,
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Laura
This is definitely a book to be read by or to 3rd graders and up. It would be best to have this book in a classroom where the majority of the students are Hispanic. These stories are legends from the indigenous people of ancient Mexico about women who were very important to their culture and to their people. These stories are told to inspire, mainly, young Hispanic women who might find themselves in a culture that does not support them to their full potential. I believe stories such as these can ...more
Kelsey
Age: 7-10 years-old
Media: predominantly acrylic

Although the author's expertise on Mexican culture is only based on personal interest, there is still a lovely collection of 8 stories with prominent female protagonists that are celebrated ("The Hungry Goddess" is excluded from this) including a bullied sister, a free moon, La Virgen de Guadalupe, the cunning Blancaflor, and the controversial Malintzin/Malinche. The writing style of the author makes for great storytelling.

Some issues I have with th
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Tiana
Another excellent collection of folktales, this time from Mexico and centered around female characters. We all enjoyed the stories and the beautiful, colorful images. We love comparing stories from around the world and the kids are always thrilled they recognize a motif from another story, from another place.
hannah
I mean, what could be better than a feminist folktale about the sun trying to marry the moon and her being able to ward him off by deliberately gaining and losing weight and confusing him because he can't find a dress that fits her and she gets to berate him for getting her size wrong.
(NS)JenniferA
Oct 20, 2009 (NS)JenniferA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very talented storyteller, Mary-Joan Gerson retells many authentic stories which revolve around Mexico's many rich cultural traditions. These stories all involve females. The book is a collection of eight stories, all with colorful and strikingly beautiful illustrations.
Lorraine
Jul 12, 2009 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
Lovely collection of Mexican folktales featuring powerful women - and vivid, bright illustrations that I adore!
Angela Solache
Apr 26, 2009 Angela Solache rated it it was amazing
Great compilation of Mexican folktales, and I love the illustrations.
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Sydney Rachlin
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. Appropriate Grade levels: K-12

3. This is a collection of Mexican folktales. Each folktale or legend tells a story about a strong female figure or character. There are eight different folktales such as Rosha and the Sun, The Hungry Goddess, The Legend of Tangu Yuh, Why the Moon is Free, Green Bird, Blancaflor, The Virgin of Guadalupe, and Malintzin of the Mountain.

4. I loved this collection of folktales because it was celebrating women in Mexican folkta
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