“A delight to read, and while entertaining, also provides valuable insight into folkloric practices of the region.”—Journal of Folklore Research
“Nasario García is a master storyteller. As a child he listened intently to his grandparents when they told cuentos, the folk tales so well known in New Mexico. Nasario’s childhood experiences are the basis for this wonderful collection of stories. From his Spanish-speaking grandmother he learned important Nuevo Mexicano traditions and beliefs. Some of the stories touch on magic and fantasy. All are windows into the daily events of village life.
“Children and adults alike will enjoy Nasario’s brilliant telling of the events that were part of his growing up. As I read the stories I heard Nasario’s voice and I could see clearly the people and places he describes. I was reminded that the stories our grandparents told not only entertained us, they taught us valuable lessons.
“The magic of storytelling is still with us. At home or in the classroom, stories such as these will spark the imagination and encourage reading.”—Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima