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Ancient Tales of Gran Canaria

These tales, legends and stories come from ancient times. They have been told by the elders and collected by the kids on the island of Gran Canaria. Its voice is what you will hear every time you open it and read it. These stories were heard long ago when our grandparents were children, the stories they lived and that now will continue to live in this book. Tales and stories that we cannot forget because they are our heritage, our wealth, and what makes us the same and different.

Stories collected by

María Jesús Alvarado and Ana C. Herreros

Collection: Ancient tales

  Size: 25  x 16.50cm

Pages: 184

Binding: Cardboard

ISBN: 978.84.942648.1.8

(Price without VAT: €16.83)

RRP €17.50


​Binding:  rustic

ISBN: 978.84.942648.2.5

(Price without VAT: €14.30)

RRP €14.90 


To the rescue of the stories handed down by the elders

Article of El Diario Canarias 7 in which it highlights the importance of the research work on the oral tradition of the island that gave place to our book Ancient tales of Gran Canaria.  

Interview with María Jesús Alvarado by La Provincia

Newspaper article by La Provincia in which María Jesús Alvarado, co-author of Cuentos Antiguos de Gran Canaria, reflects on the importance of restoring oral tradition.  

Wonderful review on Animalec

Great review that Daniel Martín gives us in his blog about reading encouragement in which he includes us in the part of reading guides.

Magnificent review in Biblioabrazo

Ana Nebreda makes room for us on the Biblioabrazo blog, about the school library

and children's literature, where she wonderfully describes our

Ancient Tales of Gran Canaria.

Interview with the author Ana Cristina Herreros  

By the newspaper La Provincia, on May 15, 2015.

María Jesús Alvarado

María Jesús Alvarado


Born in the Canary Islands, she spent her childhood and adolescence in the Sahara. A professional clinical psychologist, she has been involved in literature since she was very young, as well as in cinema and theatre more recently.

She is the author of the books: Luck Mulana (2002), Strange Stay (2006), Accidental Geography (2010), South of Zagora (2010), Truk Island (2011), Sorimba (2012) and Cracks (2012).

Since 2001 she has been the chief editor of the independent publishing house Puentepalo.

She is the scriptwriter and director of the documentaries: The Sahara Gate (2006. Award for Best Historiographic Contribution in Memorimage-07), The letter from Chadad (2006), Dancing in time (2009) and  Pilar Rey, passion for theatre (2013). Moreover, since 2008 she has directed the theatre company La Fanfarlo.

She is part of the Bubisher group, writers for the Sahara, from which the start-up and operation of libraries in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria are promoted, and they carry out actions to bring the Saharawi culture and its authors closer to the rest of the world.  

With Libros de las Malas Compañías she has also published the following titles:

Ana Cristina Herreros

Ana C. Herreros

She was born in León and her grandmother kept quiet stories. So she soon learned to listen to the silence and to love those who have no voice, those who don't tell tales.

So much so that, years later and already an emigrant in Madrid, she began to write a doctoral thesis on the literature of those who neither write nor read. And so, researching the oral tradition, in 1992 she came across oral narration.  She started telling stories, and for more than twenty years, she has not been silent. Then her voice filled with ink and she started writing.  Her work has been translated into Catalan, French and Mexican. She has made an autistic man speak, a princess sit down to listen to her lecture and 16 6-month-old babies preferred listening to her stories to taking a bottle. Oh, if her grandmother raised her head...


With Libros de las Malas Compañías she has also published the following titles:

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