Brazilian Children's Literature

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Brazil : 

Brazil Erica Chesak Emma Lipsky and our International Partner: Mariuzza Digiacomo

Brazil : 

Brazil Population: 196,342,592 (as of July 2008). 88.6% of people 15 and over can read. Language: Portuguese Education: Free public education. Students must attend from age 7 to 14. High school not mandatory.

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Brazil is South America’s leading economic power. Despite a booming economy, however, many Brazilians are quite poor. The average wage is just $332 per month.

Mariuzza : 

Mariuzza Born in Rio de Janiero to a military family. Has lived all over Brazil. Attending UF to get her Ph. D. in Interior Design. Works as an architect in Brazil focusing on public housing. Has 2 children, who were raised in Brazil, Canada (father) and now the US.

The Literature Scene in Brazil : 

The Literature Scene in Brazil Current best-seller is the Twilight Series. Popular books are self-help and International phenomena (Harry Potter, etc). Focus in school is not on reading and writing. English as a foreign language Private schools are better. TV is focus.

José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato : 

José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato One of Brazil’s most influential writers, mostly for his children books. Founded publishing house Editora Monteiro Lobato & Cia. His stories for children were turned into widely popular TV shows. Thought that English should be taught in schools, in one of his books his characters learn English. We were unable to find any of his works in English.

Ana Maria Machado : 

Ana Maria Machado In 1979, opened the first children’s bookstore in all of Brazil. Translated works: Me in the Middle Nina Bonita

Ruth Rocha : 

Ruth Rocha Marcelo, Marmelo, Martelo available for download on No English works.

Lygia Bojunga-Nunes : 

Lygia Bojunga-Nunes “There’s no tradition here when it comes to books. There’s only a small elite who read.” Translated Works: The Companions My Friend the Painter

Brazil ABCs : 

Brazil ABCs By: David Seidman Usha loved this book. Every letter stands for an important part of Brazilian culture Carnaval Dance Guarana (fruit) Soccer Wildlife

Mistakes from Brazil ABCs : 

Mistakes from Brazil ABCs K is for Kinkajou Usha said they are called that. Like a quati (raccoon) K, Y, and Z were taken out of the Portuguese alphabet, but recently added back.

The Dancing Turtle : 

The Dancing Turtle By: Pleasant DeSpain A folk tale from Brazil A turtle being saved for a man’s dinner outsmarts his children and escapes.

James the Vine Puller : 

James the Vine Puller Retold by Martha Bennet Stiles African slaves brought story to Brazil. A turtle outsmarts an elephant and a whale. To the Arawak people, this tale explains high and low tides of an ocean.

The Sea Serpent’s Daughter : 

The Sea Serpent’s Daughter Adapted by Margaret H. Lippert Usha said it’s pretty accurate, but the sea serpent is a mermaid, and the daughter’s name is not Bonita, it was Yara. Explains the origins of night.

Brazilian Folktales : 

Brazilian Folktales Edited by Margaret Read Macdonald Collection of folktales. Usha recognized three popular folktales, and a recipe in the back.

Chapter Books : 

Chapter Books Asphalt Angels by Ineke Holtwijk, based on a true story of a boy who is kicked out of his house and lives on the street. Keeper by Mal Peet, discusses life in a rain forest community. These books would appeal to boys.

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