Conejito A Folktale from Panama

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-10-07
  • Publisher: August House
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Conejito might be small, but he definitely has the courage to outwit his bullies.

When Conejito begins his school holiday, he goes to visit his Tía Mónica—or is it the cakes and cookies he knows she will feed him when he arrives? But Conejito runs into a few obstacles on the way to his auntie's, including Señor Zorro, Señor Tigre, and Señor León. Conejito may want to eat Auntie Mónica's treats, but Mr. Fox, Mr. Tiger, and Mr. Lion want to eat him!

With his own quick thinking and a little assist from Tía Mónica, Conejito outwits the bigger animals and makes his way safely home. This Latin American folktale from Panama highlight Rabbit's courage and resourcefulness to outwit Fox, Tiger, and Lion. It is also accompanied with a song that young readers will love. This folktale from Panama is a great way to introduce Spanish into your children's vocabulary!

Award-winning author, Margaret Read MacDonald excels at producing a lyrical story that young readers are encouraged to participate in. In addition, Geraldo Valério's vivid illustrations instill whimsy and fun with each turn of the page.

Author Biography

Margaret Read MacDonald
Margaret Read MacDonaldis well known for her lively retellings of folktales. Drawing on her backgroundin folklore (Ph.D. Indiana University Folklore Institute) and her many travelsthroughout the world, MacDonald searches out unusual tales from the world'sfolk literature and oral traditions. She has a gift for retelling these storiesso they appeal to children and adults alike. Margaret is a prolific writer andperformer, having published over 55 books.
MacDonald teachesstorytelling courses for the University of Washington School of InformationScience and for Lesley University. As a Children's Librarian for the KingCounty Library System, MacDonald kept finding gaps in her library collection.So she wrote books to fill these needs. On her travels, she collected a numberof timeless folktales that she adapted into award winning picture books, resourcebooks and folktale collections from many cultures. She recently received herthird Anne Izard Storytelling Award for her resource book: Teaching with Story. Her award-winning LittleFolk picturebook, Go to Sleep Gecko was selected by the Prime Minister ofSingapore to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of kidsREAD, a program sponsored bythe National Library Board to encourage children to read more and to promotegood reading habits.
MacDonald retired fromworking as a children's librarian in order to spend more time on the roadsharing stories from around the world. Recent trips have found her tellingstories in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, and Singapore and of course inHong Kong where Nathaniel and Jen Whitman, her collaborators for Teaching with Story, live and teach with their daughter.

GeraldoValério, Illustrator
Geraldo Valério currently lives inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he enjoys walking along the ocean andobserving otters, seals, and herons.
Geraldo Valerio was born in Brazilin 1970. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts, at the Federal Universityof Minas Gerais. He received a Master of Arts degree from New YorkUniversity. Geraldo's bold illustration style has garnered many awards forchildren's picture books in Brazil, Portugal, Canada and the United States. Hehas illustrated three extraordinary LittleFolk picture books with Margaret ReadMacDonald for August House including: the internationally acclaimed Go to Sleep Gecko, Conejito, and Surf War! Geraldo currently lives inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he enjoys walking along the ocean andobserving otters, seals and herons.

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