Folk Tales From Chile by Brenda Hughes - 1999 Edition - Dick de Wilde - Vintage Child Book, Latin America

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1999 edition of Folk Tales From Chile by Brenda Hughes, originally published in 1962.

Written by Brenda Hughes. Illustrated by Dick de Wilde. 1999 first edition thus, originally published in 1962. Hippocrene Books, Inc., publishers.


"The original inhabitants of Chile were Indians belonging to various tribes, of whom the most independent were the Araucanians of the forests of southern Chile. They were never truly defeated and clung tenaciously to their own language, customs, and beliefs. The Spaniards imposed their language, rule of law, and Catholicism on the rest of Chile.

"These folk-tales therefore represent a fusion of two basic strains - the Old World culture of the Spanish soldiers and priests and the native Indian culture of ancient Chile. Some of the stories persist in folk-songs and recitations to the present day. ... It is believed that this is the first children's collection of Chilean folk-tales to be made outside Chile."


"There once lived a village sorcerer, or kalku, who had two daughters. Unlike the machi, who is a good witch, the kalku often uses his magic powers for his own selfish purposes, and many simple villagers fear him. Day by day the daughters grew more beautiful, and their father was well pleased.

"When they grow up I shall look out for two strong young men," he said to himself, "who will work for me in return for marrying my daughters."


The White Cloud's Daughter
The Pincoya's Daughter
The Magic Cow
The Girl who turned to Stone
The Princess and the Riddle
The Old Ma and the Beanstalk
The Little Tenca and the Snowflake
The Magic Ring
Daughters of the Kalku
The Strawberry Maid
The Story of the Chonchon
How Nanco won a Wife
The Machi and the Mguruvilu
How the Poppies Grew
The Legend of Lake Aculeo
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Condition*: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Moderate shelf wear. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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