Pachamama Tales
Folklore from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay
Retold and Translated by Paula Martín Edited by Margaret Read MacDonald Illustrations by Luna Núñez
July 2014, 242pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59158-299-1
$60, £47, 53€, A83
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The multicultural and folkloric material in this book will be invaluable to storytellers and folklorists as well as to educators who conduct read-alouds.

A bilingual collection of enchanting folk tales from the peoples of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay, accompanied by historical and geographical background as well as color photographs.

Containing numerous tales that have never before appeared in an English-language children’s story collection, this book presents many of author Paula Martín’s favorite stories from her many years of experience in storytelling around the world and particularly in South America. It stands as a unique folklore and storytelling resource that will give readers a better understanding of life and culture in the southern part of South America.

Readers of all ages will delight in entertaining stories about animals, plants and trees, musical instruments, lost places, fantastic creatures, and witches and devils. This collection also includes never-ending tales, sky stories, and folk tales about fools. The book provides related cultural information about the lands where these stories originated as well as the people who tell these tales, traditional games of South America, and recipes for regional food items that can go hand in hand with the stories.


  • Provides ready-to-tell stories from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay that both entertain and promote multicultural awareness
  • An ideal resource for storytellers, folklorists, parents, librarians, Spanish instructors, and other educators who conduct storytime programs
  • Includes color inserts that help bring the rich folklore and culture of these South American nations to life
  • Stories are presented in both English and Spanish
Paula Martín is a teacher, storyteller, and writer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works for the Ministry of Education of Argentina's National Reading Campaign training teachers all over Argentina about reading promotion, storytelling, and children's literature. In Argentina, she translated Margaret Read MacDonald's Parents' Guide to Storytelling and Libraries Unlimited's From the Winds of Manguito: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish. In 2007, Martin received the Premio Pregonero prize issued by Fundación El Libro that is awarded to those who promote children's literature.

Margaret Read MacDonald is a folklorist, master storyteller, and a prolific author as well as a member of the advisory board of Libraries Unlimited's World Folklore series. She has also edited a number of volumes in the series.


2016 Storytelling World Awards Honorable Mention—Storytelling World, March 17, 2016


"A generous, bilingual array of stories about animals, fools, lost places, musical instruments, scary or fantastic creatures, plants and trees, and the sky, ending with a selection of looping, recursive 'Endless Tales' designed to drive wakeful children off to sleep. Excellent glossary, bibliography, and notes."—Storytelling Magazine, March 4, 2015
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