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

ISBN: 978-1-55885-544-1
Publication Date: May 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Imprint: Piñata Books
Age: 8-12

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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.