What are ghosts afraid of

What Are Ghosts Afraid Of?
El susto de los fantsmas

By  Alma Flor Ada
Illustrated by  Viví Escrivá
English Translation by  Rosalma Zubizarreta
Available on CD:  Stories the Year 'Round / Cuentos para todo el año
Available on Cassette:  What Are Ghosts Afraid Of? / El susto de los fantsmas
Series:  Stories the Year ‘Round / Cuentos para todo el año

BOOK DESCRIPTION

On Halloween night, it is easy to mistake forgotten curtains and sheets waving on the clothesline for ghosts. But what about real ghosts? Maybe they, too, are afraid of the children that might discover them!

Viví Escrivá’s delightful portrait of children and goblins adds to the charming of the book.

One of the beloved titles of the series Stories the Year ‘Round, or in Spanish, Cuentos para todo el año. The complete stories of the series are:

SPRING
A Rose with Wings
A Surprise for Mother Rabbit
The Empty Piñata

PRIMAVERA
Rosa alada
La sorpresa de Mamá Coneja
La piñata vacía

SUMMER
How the Rainbow Came to Be
After the Storm
In the Cow’s Backyard

VERANO
Cómo nació el arco iris
Después de la tormenta
La hamaca de la vaca

FALL
The Kite
What Are Ghosts Afraid Of?
“Turkey for Thanksgiving?” “No, Thanks!”

OTOÑO
El papalote
El susto de los fantasmas
–¿Pavo para la Cena de Gracias? –No, gracias.

WINTER
The Golden Cage
I Don’t Want to Melt
It Wasn’t Me

INVIERNO
La jaula dorada
¡No quiero derretirme!
No fui yo

CDS AND CASSETTES DESCRIPTION

Facilitating that children listen to the stories as recorded by the author has a special value. They can hear in the author’s voice just exactly how exactly the author wished to convey the stories feelings and emotions, emphasis and suspense. I particularly like to read aloud and to record my readings so, for me, it was particularly joyful to record these twelve stories in English and Spanish.

The stories can be found in individual cassettes in English and Spanish, one for each book of the series, or in CDs in English and Spanish versions. Each of the CDs contains the twelve stories of the series.

A Special Bonus

Because these stories have been so beloved by children, I conceived the idea of given them an extra dimension. I have rewritten the 12 stories in Spanish in verse format. And Suni Paz, with her incomparable creativity, has put them to music. So the Spanish cassettes and CD contain not only the story as published in the book told by me, but also the story retold in verse form and sang by Suni.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

The twelve books of this series are some of my best well known books among bilingual teachers and their students. They are also very dear to my heart since the inspiration for most of them comes from my own children’s childhood.

Looking at things from a different perspective, imagining what it is to be in the other’s shoes, has been a practice my children and I have tried to cultivate.

This is exactly what this book does, looks at Halloween fear from the perspective of the ghosts who fear being discovered.

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