Rattling Chains and Other Stories / Ruido de cadenas y otros cuentos para niños
These stories will introduce intermediate readers to the superstition-filled folklore of New Mexico.
by Nasario García
Publication Date: May 31, 2009
Imprint: Piñata Books
Rattling Chains and Other Stories for Children / Ruido de cadenas y otros cuentos para niños is a bilingual collection of the stories he heard as a child; tales told while gathered around the potbelly stove on cold winter nights, at campfires during cattle roundups, or while working in the fields at his family’s ranch.
Narrated by a young boy named Junie López, the stories will send shivers up kids’ spines while capturing the essence of New-Mexican folklore. In the Land of Enchantment, carved wooden saints talk to people and express their desires. Witches disguised as small birds fly around the countryside in the deepest, darkest night. And in an abandoned settlement in northern New Mexico, which is said to be haunted by ghosts, the sound of rattling chains stirs fear about the unknown.
Based on the oral tradition and superstitions of a previous generation, these stories in English and Spanish will both entertain and provide insight into a time when people lived a more rural life and winged creatures flitted across the countryside.
Finalist, New Mexico Book Co-op’s 2010 New Mexico Book Awards – Juvenile Book
“Junie López’s great imagination and active mind capture elements of New Mexico’s folklore as he introduces readers to the mysterious and supernatural in his world.”—Library Journal
NASARIO GARCÍA is the author of numerous books that deal with the preservation of Hispanic language, culture and folklore of New Mexico, among them Brujerías: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond (Texas Tech University Press, 2007), Old Las Vegas: Hispanic Memories from the New Mexico Meadowlands (Texas Tech University Press, 2005), and Brujas, bultos, y brasas / Tales of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the Pecos Valley (Western Edge Press, 1999). Nasario is Professor Emeritus at New Mexico Highlands University.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower/Middle Grades
Category: Intermediate Reader
ATOS English: 4.9
ATOS Spanish: 4.3
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 152610