A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Spanish / Venezuela

Lo que cuentan las estatuas
del mundo
(The stories that the world’s
statues tell)

Ganges, Montse (text)
Imapla (illus.)
Caracas [et al.]: Ekaré, 2014. – 89 p.
ISBN 978-84-943038-0-7

Statue – Sculpture – Short story 

Statues and sculptures as protagonists for short stories? Even if this idea may seem strange at first, it can turn into something really intriguing, as Montse Ganges proves with this book. She has chosen seven works of art that represent well-known places, cultures, and eras from different regions of the world. She includes the Statue of Liberty, one of the mysterious colossal Moai-sculptures from the Easter Island, a chacmool-statue from the Temple of Warriors at the ancient Maya city Chichén Itzá, as well as a bizarre gargoyle from the gothic church of Santa María del Mar in Barcelona. This book is an anthology of stories, but it also has an informative purpose. Each statue describes an event that they have “seen” or “witnessed” themselves, such as the arrival of an immigrant ship in New York or a human sacrifice following a Mesoamerican ballgame at Chichén Itzá. Each of these well-written fictitious snap-shots – which could have taken place – is followed by a double-page spread of further information about the respective statue and its historical and cultural context. (Age: 10+)