Title: La Llorona
Reference: Hayes, J., Hill, V. T., & Pennypacker, M. (2004). La llorona = The weeping woman: An Hispanic legend told in Spanish and English. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press
Brief Annotation: In this story there is a beautiful woman whose father searches for the perfect suitor to become her husband. All of the suitors compete for her because of her beauty. When she is finally married to one of her suitors, and has children with him, he begins to give the children more attention than he gives her. He leaves for long periods of time, and does not give her the attention she desires. She becomes envious of her children, and harbors anger towards them. In a moment of anger and jealousy she drowns her children, and immediately regrets it. She cries over their death, and is said to still be heard by the river at night, crying for her children, to this day.
Grade Level: 4-6
Readers who might like this: Readers who are learning about Spanish culture, and folklore would enjoy this book. Children who enjoy folklore that may be scary would like this story. Teachers or parents who are trying to teach about the story of La Llorona, or the importance of staying inside at night to stay safe from her could read this book to their students or children.
Rating/Response: I give this book a 3/4. Although it is an old folktale, and is part of the culture, it is scary and morbid to be telling young children. It can be frightening, and concerning for them, and parents and teachers may not find it appropriate for all children.
Text Dependent Question: Why does La Llorona still cry by the river at night?