The Tale of La Llorona

[A Mexican Folktale]

From the Series On My Own Folklore

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

AY-EEEE! A spooky howl pierces the dark night. Is it the wind? Or is it the ghost called La Llorona? La Llorona is said to haunt moonlit roads and riverbanks, crying for her lost children. Before she became a ghost, La Llorona was a beautiful young woman named Maria. But Maria’s wish for wealth led her to doom. Read this haunting tale to find out more.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.4
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Folktale/Legend
Dewey 398.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 114151
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Richard Keep

Author: Linda Lowery

Linda Lowery is an award-winning author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books for readers from preschool to middle grade. She currently lives in Tennessee.

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.

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On My Own Folklore

Folklore characters come to life in these magically illustrated titles. Each story shares both the facts and the fiction behind the tall tale and explains how the story became a part of folklore. View available downloads →


The Horn Book Guide

“Each tale is paired with an illustration style that nicely reflects the culture.”
The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“Each retelling is designed to appeal to those children who may have high interest but lower reading levels.”
Library Media Connection

MultiCultural Review

“These lively, fast-paced classic folktales, in a format that is easy to read, will appeal to young readers in grades two through five. Colorful illustrations matched to the text and a glossary also assist new readers in developing their skills.”
MultiCultural Review