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La Llorona: The Crying Woman

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La Llorona, the Crying Woman, is the legendary creature who haunts rivers, lakes, and lonely roads. Said to seek out children who disobey their parents, she has become a "boogeyman," terrorizing the imaginations of New Mexican children and inspiring them to behave. But there are other lessons her tragic history can demonstrate for children.

In Rudolfo Anaya's version Maya, a young woman in ancient Mexico, loses her children to Father Time's cunning. This tragic and informative story serves as an accessible message of mortality for children. La Llorona, deftly translated by Enrique Lamadrid, is familiar and newly informative, while Amy Cordova's rich illustrations illuminate the story. The legend as retold by Anaya, a man as integral to southwest tradition as La Llorona herself, is storytelling anchored in a very human experience. His book helps parents explain to children the reality of death and the loss of loved ones.

Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.


"This child-friendly story is an excellent addition to the folklore that already exists concerning La Llorona and will no doubt create many new believers." -- School Library Journal

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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: La Llorona: The Crying Woman
Author(s): Rudolfo Anaya
ISBN: 0-8263-4460-7 / 978-0-8263-4460-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: La Llorona: The Crying Woman
Author(s): Rudolfo Anaya
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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