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Jade and Iron

edited by Patricia Aldana

illustrated by Luis Garay

translated by Hugh Hazelton

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 1996
Other, Caribbean & Latin America
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 1996
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


This anthology of stories introduces us to the richness of the experience and culture of Latin Americans -- the people of jade and iron. Children will find a sampling of Latin American tale-telling, including exciting legends of warriors, princesses, volcanoes and magicians. Illustrations are by Luis Garay, whose work reviewers have said is akin in its tone and scope to the work of Diego Rivera (Publisher's Weekly, starred review).

About the authors

PATRICIA ALDANA was born and brought up in Guatemala. She came to Canada as an adult and founded Groundwood Books, of which she was the publisher for thirty-five years.


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Luis Garay is a celebrated Nicaraguan illustrator who spent six months in Guatemala doing research for the illustrations in this book. He has also illustrated Jade and Iron, A Handful of Seeds, Cousins / Primas and Alfredito Flies Home / Alfredito regresa volando a su casa. One of the best young Latin American illustrators working today, Luis Garay now lives in Mexico.

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Hugh Hazelton is a Montreal writer and translator who specializes in the comparison of Canadian and Quebec literatures with those of Latin America. He has written four books of poetry and translates from Spanish, French and Portuguese into English; his translation of Vétiver, a book of poems by Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-English translation in 2006. He is a professor emeritus of Spanish at Concordia University in Montreal and former co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. In 2016 he won the Linda Gaboriau Award for his work on behalf of literary translation in Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

Meticulous cross-hatching lends volume and texture to the figures in his carefully planned compositions. Jade and Iron deserves attention not only for these striking illustrations, but also for the glimpse it provides into the multifaceted folklore of Latin America

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