Book Review: Anthology of Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Poems and Original Stories




Corns, calluses or bunions? No way!  I don’t allow shoes to squeeze, rub or do anything naughty to my feet.  So when my daughter complained about her dress shoes one Sunday morning, we made a short trip to Kmart for some emergency flip-flops (it would have taken too long to shop for cute dress shoes before church.)

Imagine my delight to find my best Spanish language learning resource of 2019: An anthology of folk tales, fairy tales, poems and predictable stories in Spanish!  It almost felt like a sin to pay $18 for a book, all of a sudden, on a Sunday, but I did.

It is delightfully illustrated on every single page.  The illustrations make it a joy to read.  It has old favorites: Sleeping Beauty, The Gingerbread Man, Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Hansel and Gretel.  It has lots of poems which are much better than any other collection of Spanish poems that I have seen.  It has original stories about positive things like being friends, not being afraid, and enjoying books.  The original stories are bland, but they are short, painless, and have cheery drawings by them.  For a language learner like me, they are perfect. My oldest two children freely chose to read some of the book, and they liked it. I have spent more time with the book and learned more phrases and vocabulary.

I am going to have each of my children pick something from the book to read aloud. Even my five year old can learn to read/recite a poem of four lines.  Then we are going to take turns reading aloud to each other.

Always remember: To have healthy feet, wear comfortable shoes.  And when you’re out and about, keep an eye open for any Spanish resources. You may find something when you least expect it.

The book is called Un Gran Tesoro Cuentos de Buenas Noches.  You can find it on






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