Caperucita Roja"Abuelita, tell me a story." This used to be a common request from the kids in my house; we loved to have our Abuela Rigo tell us fairy tales, because she had the gift of making them come to life. Her bag of cuentos seemed endless: we shrieked at the tale of Caperucita Roja (Red Riding Hood), swooned as Prince Charming kissed Blanca Nieves (Snow White) and cried when the Patito Feo (The Ugly Duckling) was rejected by his family for looking different from the rest. Our favorite stories, though, were those Latin American fables, whose characters seemed like they really lived in the mountains of a nearby country or right under abuela's house in Puerto Rico.
The lucky fool, the "tooth fairy" mouse and the conceited cockroach
La Cucarachita Martina (Ana López Escrivá)We loved the story of a very clean and conceited little cockroach named La Cucarachita Martina, a folktale from Cuba. It's the tale of how Martina finds a coin as she sweeps her house and uses it to make herself beautiful. She sits on her frontRead More »from "Abuelita, Tell Me a Story": Holding on to the Cuentos of Our Childhood