The Aesop Prize 2001
American Folklore Society Editor's Choice 2001
Synopses & Reviews
Deep in the lush Mexican forests, amidst the tall mountains and the rushing rivers, dwells a great goddess. Her broad torso bends to form the sky and her legs rise to become the valleys and deserts. She is the earth, the land of Mexico, and if you listen closely, you will hear her calling "tengo hambre, tengo hambre," for she is always hungry.
Gifted storyteller Mary-Joan Gerson draws from Mexico's rich cultural traditions, including tales from the Mayan, Mixtec and Yaqui peoples to create an authentic collection that reflects the many faces of Mexico's heroines. And Maya Christina Gonzalez's vibrant paintings brilliantly capture the spark behind the stories, and the noble dignity of these eight extraordinary women.
A collection that will be enjoyed time and time again, this is truly a fiesta for the eyes, the spirit and the heart.
"Vibrant illustrations in the tradition of each culture, and attractive borders that unify each tale, bring these women to life." Publishers Weekly
"Gonzalez's primitive acrylic paintings are strong and vigorous, and their riotous use of color enhances the stories tremendously. This is a highly successful melding of story and pictures." School Library Journal
About the Author
Gerson grew up on the ethnically diverse Lower East Side of New York City, attended Cornell University, and later earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University, where she now directs family therapy training. She has made many trips to the cultural centers of Mexico.