The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
Author & Illustrator: Jaime Hernandez
Using simple, exaggerated drawings and clear, unembellished writing, Hernandez tells the stories of: a kitchen maid v. a seven headed dragon; a woman who marries a mouse; and a slacker who has leaf cutter ants do all his work.
Three Hispanic folktales are collected, somewhat updated and made accessible to young audiences in The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America a graphic novel by Jaime Hernandez. Using simple, exaggerated drawings and clear, unembellished writing, Hernandez tells the stories of: a kitchen maid v. a seven headed dragon; a woman who marries a mouse; and a slacker who has leaf cutter ants do all his work.
The stories are given a framework and context by a significant introduction written by F. Isabel Campoy, author of numerous children’s books and an internationally recognized scholar devoted to the study of language acquisition.
The introduction, and further information contained within the book are especially useful for those who may not be familiar with the stories and for younger readers who may not understand the morality elements associated with each folktale.
Hernandez does a solid job storytelling, interweaving what are usually stories from the oral tradition into a graphic novel format. Kids who are more accustomed to this format, will naturally gravitate to the book–making it a great way to expose them to classic tales and a rich cultural tradition.
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My thanks to TOON Graphics for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.
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