Sylvia McNair, Enchantment of the World Series, Children’s Press, 2000. 144 pp.
Describes the geography, plants, animals, history, economy, culture, and people of Chile. Many
color photos. Good background reading.
Recommendation: Grades 5-8.
Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH, 2002. 48 pp.
Faces, a magazine that explores people, places, and culture, focuses on Chile in this issue.
Articles cover the capital city of Santiago, typical Chilean dishes (e.g., empanadas,
porotos granados, and congrio), Easter Island, Chilean rodeo, the Atacama desert,
arpilleras, and more.
Recommendation: Grades 4 and up.
Folk Tales from Chile
Brenda Hughes. Illustrated by Dick de Wilde. Hippocrene Books, NY, 1999. 121 pp.
These 15 tales give a taste of the variety of Chile’s rich folklore. The stories represent both the
Old World culture that the Spanish soldiers and priests who colonized the region brought with them,
and the native Indian culture of the original inhabitants of Chile. There is a story of the spirit
who lives in a volcano and keeps his daughter imprisoned in the mountain, guarded by a devoted dwarf;
there are domestic tales with luck favoring the poor and simple, and tales which tell how poppies
first appeared in the cornfields and how the Big Stone in Lake Llanuihue came to be there.
Recommendation: Ideal to be read to young elementary school children, good example of foreign
folklore for older grades.
Festivals of the World: Chile
Gareth Stevens Publishing, Milwaukee,WI, 1998. 32 pp.
A bright and delightful book introducing Chile, its festival calendar, and its specific festival rituals. Lots of color photography. Craft projects to make traditional Andean musical instruments and an arpillera, a type of cloth picture. Also includes a recipe for milk with bananas.
Recommendation: Grades 1-4.
Chile and Easter Island
Lonely Planet, Pilot Productions, Oakland, CA, 1996. 61 minutes.
Get to know Chile: See ancient mummies, their glossy black hair still neatly braided. Witness the spectacle of a pilgrimage of thousands of walking and crawling faithful. Visit Robinson Crusoe Island and the world1s most remoted inhabited place, Easter Island. Lonely Plant videos are full of interesting facts and thrilling, unusual travel experiences.
Recommendation: Grades 6-12 and college.
Isabel Allende: The Woman's Voice in Latin American Literature
Films for the Humanities, Inc., Princeton, NJ, 1994. 56 minutes. In English.
Isabel Allende describes the emotions that inform her fiction and the events that set them in motion. Recommended by Booklist, Hispania, Library Journal.
Recommendation: High school and college.
Universal Pictures, Universal City, CA, 1982. 123 minutes. Rated PG.
Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek and John Shea star in Costa-Gavras' political thriller based on the true
story of Charles Horman, an American writer who disappears and is killed during the overthrow of
Allende's government in Chile. Lemmon is the concerned father whose attempts to learn the truth are
stonewalled by bureaucracy and cover-up.
Recommendation: High school and college.
Threads of Hope
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Princeton, NJ, 1996. 51 minutes.
This program tells the powerful story of a group of women who banded together and dared to defy the brutal dictatorship of Chile1s Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The women - mothers, wives, and sisters of tens of thousands of victims of the regime1s toruture and execution - armed only with scraps of cloth, sewing needles and the overwhelming desire to find their loved ones, set to work to tell their stories by creating arpilleras, colorful handmade tapestries which chronicled the horror and injustice of Pinochet1s reign of terror.
NOTE: Includes several brief scenes of graphic violence.
Recommendation: Grades 11-12 and college.
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