Chiruma (Guatemala) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Vivi Escriva. When people come to the Chisay River to destroy the natural habitat, Mother Nature reacts by drying it up until a respectful young man humbly asks for permission to dip from its wealth and he is granted authorization.Look Inside
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El cuervo Hob(Guatemala) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Alison Dubois The inhabitants of Nejab feed themselves with fruits and potatoes until Hob's appearance, a raven that plants corn grains in the fields. This beautiful legend from Guatemala traces the origin of corn, so abundant in our continent. Look Inside
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El Joven Ollac (Peru) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Ruth Araceli. Ollac is a young peasant who lives alone in a small village. His only passion is his daily visits to a mysterious cave where he finds his ancestral roots. When confronted with the Spirit of Nature, he refuses wealth in favor of his heritage and the wisdom of his ancestors. Look Inside
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Galipote y los caminantes (Dominican Rep.) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Ana Lopez. If you don't know the magic words, do not take a night stroll in the Dominican Republic or you might find yourself face to face with The Galipote. Who or what is Galipote is related in this funny myth of this colorful island. Look Inside
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Gray Feather (US) by Cesar Vidal
Illustrated by Pablo Torrecilla. After weeks without finding game, Gray Feather's tribe has neither food nor hides to keep warm. In this captivating Native American legend, the Great Spirit comes to the rescue of his people by giving them the gift of the horse, that will help provide them with mobility and the ability to hunt. Look Inside
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Itza the Boy and Jaguar (Mexico) by Leonard Bernard
Illustrated by Sheli Petersen. Itza, a Mayan indian boy living on the edge of the Yucatan jungle, takes a night time ride on the Jaguar-King. Ultimately each creature learns from the other. A poignant tale about humbleness and respect. Look Inside
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La isla encantada (Panama) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Ruth Araceli. During Carnival, long ago, an enormous fish was stuck between the narrow borders of the Tuira river. People killed the fish and its remains were covered with vegetation. With time the place became an enchanted island and that is why the myth says that it is dangerous to bath on the island during Carnival. Look Inside
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La serpiente gigante (US) by Celia Moyano
Illustrated by Adrian Rubio. In the far away lands of Sonora live eight Yaqui tribes. The people pray to the old tree where the history of all their ancestors is kept. When a huge snake threatens to destroy it, the Yaki tribes unite to defend their heritage. A tale about freedom and the preservation of cultural heritage.Look Inside
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Madremonte (Colombia) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Jock MacRae. An old lumberjack tells his son not to bring down more trees than necessary, because the Madremonte, protector of Nature will punish those that do not respect and care for it. A beautiful Colombian legend about ecology and conservation.Look Inside
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Magali (Mexico) by Sheli Petersen
Illustrated by Petersen. The goldsmith's newborn son is to be blessed by Magali, the town's wise woman. With the help of her grandchild, she performs the rites of passage and mysterious offerings to the Gods. This is a poignant legend about family values and the preservation of the cultural heritage. Look Inside
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Spirits of the Mountain (Bolivia) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Adrian Rubio. In a small village hidden in the mountains of Bolivia live a few families dedicated to dye the wool from which clothes and blankets are made. A legend about the rewards of hardwork. Look Inside
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Sumpa Giants (Ecuador) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Ana Lopez. Giants land in the Santa Elena peninsula where leads a cruel governor. The giants bring hope to the gentle natives until they are proven wrong and a fierce battle for freedom begins. This is a legend about slavery and the search for freedom. Look Inside
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Tale y el secreto de la laguna (Honduras) by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Adrian Rubio. When the fourth sun goes dark there is no light or life on earth. The gods in the city of Teotihuacan meet to create the fifth sun, and to decide which one will be in charge of such an important task. After many fights and sacrifices the arrogant Tecucistecatl will become the Moon and the humble Nanahuatzin the Fifth Sun or the Sun of Movement. This wonderful Mexican legend shows how the days and nights were created giving life to human life on earth.Look Inside
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Voladores (Mexico) by Patricia Petersen
Illustrated by Sheli Petersen. No one knows the origin of this legend, one of the oldest in Mexico. The four voladores symbolize the sun's rays shining on the four corners of the world and the flight of the voladores insures the continuation of the seasons and the sacred cycles of life.Look Inside
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