How to Choose Stories with Puerto Rican Themes

 

 

  • CHARACTERS

    Do the characters represented in the story accurately display the diversity within the Puerto Rican community? 

 


  • Were the characters constructed free of stereotypes or from biases based on race, gender, class, age, etc.?

 

  • Are both English and Spanish, as used by  the characters, valued as equals?

 

 

 

  • PLOT

    Does the story accurately represent the history, customs, and family traditions of the Puerto Rican people on and off the island?

 


        Does the plot reveal a universal message?  Remember- good literature has a strong plot and believable characters. The story should be worth revisiting over and over again.

 

  • Which are the predominant themes in these stories and how do they connect with other subject areas?

 

 

 

  • SETTING

    Are the places and historical era described by the words and pictures used in the story accurate - showing respect and sensitivity?

 


  • Are Puerto Rican women in present-day settings presented authentically; reflecting contemporary roles?

 

 

  • Are certain places that could have been presented by the words and pictures absent? Why might this be?

 

 

  • STORYTELLERS

    Do the words and pictures used to represent Puerto Rico/ Puerto Ricans feel realistic, dispelling stereotypes?

 


  • Is there any indication within the book that the storyteller has had some previous familiarity with Puerto Rico?

 

 

William Garcia Cardona, 1999