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La Llorona: The Crying Woman

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La Llorona, the Crying Woman, is the legendary creature who haunts rivers, lakes, and lonely roads. Said to seek out children who disobey their parents, she has become a "boogeyman," terrorizing the imaginations of New Mexican children and inspiring them to behave. But there are other lessons her tragic history can demonstrate for children.

In Rudolfo Anaya's version Maya,
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by University of New Mexico Press (first published August 24th 2011)
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I grew up with La Llorona story and living near the rio always made me shiver to think of her. This bilingual legend is quite captivating with the beautiful illustrations and vivid literary imagery.
Michelle Renee
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Out of all the versions of this story, I found this one to be the most mysterious. The art work was very well done. I especially loved the way the little owl was painted. Spooky stuff, I like this!
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Born in New Mexico I grew up listening to this story.
Kristalina O'bannon
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When given the assignment to read folktales or fairy tales my initial instinct was to read something familiar, such as Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel. However I realized that I wanted to broaden my knowledge of this genre of books. I went out of my comfort zone and fell in love with this book. I had heard about La Llorona in my Spanish class last semester and when I found this book, I picked it up and read it from beginning to end.

This retelling of this Mexican folktale is a wonderful way to i
Patricia Lopez
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
La Llorona : The Crying Women, is one of my absolute favorite books. This book tells a tale of a ghost women who gave up her children and now roams the earth looking for them. This is a tale that is very popular in the Hispanic culture. I grew up hearing her tale, and how we couldn’t stay up until after our curfew because she would be on the hunt for her lost children. This book still gives me the chills when reading about it, but that is because of all the different ways the stories have been t ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This children's book has just one of many variations of La Llorona, the crying woman, and this one is retold by Rudolfo Anaya, the author of Bless Me Ultima. The illustrations are wonderful, and the Spanish/English text enriches the story. I think, in part, this story has been told to countless children in New Mexico as well as other places to keep them from wandering unaccompanied too close to water. Some versions are quite scary. You can find numerous links doing an Internet search. YouTube al ...more
Regina Castorena
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This old Mexican-tale has been told for centuries to scare the youth to behave and be in before dark comes. Many versions of the story have been created and re-written for various readers. This is the story of a young woman who has lost her children to drowning, she weeps day and night along the canal or other body of water crying for her children to return home. It is said she waits when the sun goes down for children who stay out late or disobey their parents. What she does with them is anothe ...more
bookaday #34. My students are big fans of the folktale La Llorona, when I saw this in a New Mexico gift shop I had to get it for them. The illustrations are bold and bright and the story flows nicely in both English and Spanish. Curious to see how they like it.
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Rudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest. It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings. Anaya, however, is a native Hispanic fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of oldSpain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century. Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the foun ...more
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