Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish
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About the Author
Joe Hayes' bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a celebrated place among America's storytellers. He began sharing his stories in print in 1982. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Story telling Network, an award given to members of the story telling community who have made considerable and influential contributions to the literature of story telling. His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, four IPPY Awards, a Southwest Book Award, a Skipping Stone Honor, an Aesop Prize, and an Aesop Accolade Award. They have been on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List twice, and his book Ghost Fever was the first bilingual book to win the Bluebonnet Award.
Mauricio Trenard Sayago was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1963. He was raised by his family and society to believe in the power of art to educate and transform the individual and society. This environment strongly influenced him. His goal is to use his work to simplify, exaggerate or change how we see our current realitites so that we can make the world a better place. Mauricio came to the United States in 2000 and lives in Brooklyn, making his living as an artist and using painting not only to create new images, but also to explore himself in his new cultural context.
Unique and Entertaining Folktales
Joe Hayes, in the introduction of his book of Cuban folktales Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila, writes, 'the most important thing is to have fun reading and telling stories.' Indeed, readers will have fun doing both with these unique and entertaining stories.
Each folktale in the collection is written in English and Spanish and illustrated by Cuban born artist Mauricio Trenard Sayago, who now resides in the United States. A full page illustration precedes each of the thirteen folktales and provides readers with a perfect visual reference for the stories that Mr. Hayes has taken care to retell in the Cuban tradition.
Mr. Hayes has also included a section at the back of the book titled 'Notes to Readers and Storytellers, 'which gives a short background for each retold story in this rich collection."--Review of Texas Books