Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale

Fiesta Femenina

Re-told by Mary-Joan Gerson
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2001 by Barefoot Books
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Homenaje a las Mujeres a Traves de Historias Tradicionales Mexicanas

Lushly illustrated with robust and colorful paintings by Maya Christina Gonzalez… – Booklist

Fiesta Femenina portrays the courage and resilience of the feminine spirit through the stories of eight extraordinary Mexican women. From a goddess whose very being is the earth we walk on in “The Hungry Goddess,” to a clever female personification of the moon in “Why the Moon is Free,” these stories show how the feminine spirit touches many parts of Mexican culture, from the soil to the stars.

Medium: Acrylic


  • American Folklore Society’s Aesop Prize 2001
  • Parent’s Choice Recommended List 2001
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Booklist Top Ten Children’s Books On Women’s History