The Story of Colors / La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas


The Story of Colors / La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas

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Críticas ...[A] lovely book gracefully translated...and distinguished...by the vibrant illustrations in pastel and paint by...an indigenous artist from Oaxaca Mexico. It will delight young readers of Spanish and English (the text is printed in both languages)... - New York Times Book Review The Story of Colors reflects a literary sometimes whimsical side that has distinguished Subcomandante Marcos the only non-Indian among the Zapatistas' highest leaders from other steely Latin American guerrilla commanders. -The New York Times The text colloquial and rolling in both Spanish and English has rhythm motion and a sense of authenticity...[THe book] stands alone as a lovely integrated folktale with a meaning and message all its own and is deserving of purchase. -School Library Journal This beautiful book reminds us that the Zapatista movement is one of dignity that emanates from the grassroots of the indigenous people of Mexico. It is a lesson for all of us in the human spirit. -Indigo Girls Amy Ray The Story of Colors reminds me of the kind of stories told in my own Mvskoke country. It's rich in detail humor and wisdom and within it is the sense that we are part of some large amazing universe that will go on creating itself despite the foibles of humans other creatures and gods. -Joy Harjo Here Antonio offers an allegory not of 'diversity' a timid lackluster thing but of dissatisfaction and its creative possibilities. The world that seems fixed and oppressive can be changed; the 'gods' can be anyone but what they make they must safeguard against forgetfulness in case the spirit of revolt should dim or be tamped down. And so the gods who color the world with a thrilling abandon use the last of their pigment to paint the feathers of the macaw a bird revered in the highlands 'because they didn't want to forget the colors or lose them.' -The Nation Reseña del editor This subversive book is now available in paperback! When the NEA -rescinded funding for The Story of Colors the news hit the cover of the New York Times and made the book an instant bestseller. But far from being subversive this beautifully illustrated folktale teaches us all about the value of diversity. Old man Antonio tells how a long time ago the world was just black and white and gray. This bored the gods so they went looking for bright colors and they found them in the most peculiar places! No one exactly knows who -Subcomandante Marcos is but since New Year's Day 1994 when the Zapatistas declared war on the Mexican government he has become a post-modern revolutionary hero.

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