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Maria y la Morriña (que en gallego significa melancolía)
Author: Violeta Monreal
Illustrator: Violeta Monreal
Ages: From 6 to 9 years old
Collection: Sentimientos y valores
Publisher: San Pablo
Publication Year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-285-4995-0

Maria and Morriña (meaning melancholy in galician)

1 st edition: April 2016

Format: 20 x 15 cm.

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 36


MORRIÑA is MELANCHOLY in Galician language. It is a deep feeling of sadness and loneliness. You miss what is not there. María was lucky enough, thanks to “Maruxa the Witch”, to change her sad feeling into a sweet morriña.


Naming what we feel is a way of getting to know oneself and, therefore, a way to mature. Reading the titles in this collection, parents and teachers will have useful tools to talk to their children and them identifying themselves with some of the characters, so they begin to overcome some aspects of their feelings which may become counterproductive behaviour. Also, each tale is a funny story which the children will enjoy reading from the beginning to the end. Each book describes the feeling and its opposite. Afterwards, a story is told: it begins in the real world, it follows in a world of fantasy where it lays an answer to the problems of the main character and, finally, it goes back to the real world where the conflict is solved. In the last page you will find a funny recipe to overcome negative feelings.

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