El papá que no sabía contar cuentos

(The dad who couldn't tell stories) Book not yet available in English


Once upon a time there was a father who didn’t know how to read stories to his children. Every night after dinner, mom would put the three little ones to bed and read them the story of the frog until they fell asleep happily. Dad could do a lot of things, but when he tried to read them a story, he fell asleep straight away.


The book is full of intertextual references to other tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Fog, Snow White, Three little pigs, Puss in boots, etc.). Such inclusion is one of its main values but the story deserves a place in a gender-oriented bibliography because the father, not knowing how to tell tales, strives for learning how to do it (he goes to the library with his son, he enters the fantasy book to look for the tales fountain…). There are no women characters in the story and the father gladly assumes the role of tale-teller. On the other hand, it tackles a trending topic in our so competitive society: Jaime’s father is not a perfect person (he does not know how to tell tales, though his journey to the magic fountain will change this state of things) but struggles to improve. At the end, and having learned “every tale in the world,” he prefers to tell his son the tale about “a Dad who does not know how to tell tales.” The circular structure (it begins and ends in the same way) makes readers think that imperfection is intrinsic to human nature and can be funny, especially when it succeeds in joining father and son.

Edited by: Research Centre Anilij (Spain)

Author(s): Monteserín, Pepe

Illustrator(s): Tanco, Miguel

Publisher: Pintar-Pintar

City: Oviedo

Year: 2012

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9788492964475

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: ES

Original Language: ES

Keywords: Equality, Families, Parentality

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