Originally a native of Quebec, Juan Sauvageau came to the US to pursue his post-graduate studies. He earned an MA in Education and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and went on to teach at universities in Mexico, France, Spain, Texas and Idaho.
Sauvageau was deeply attracted to Mexican folklore and culture. In the late 70s he spent three years going from ranch to ranch on both sides of the Rio Grande, interviewing people and collecting folk tales. He then published the stories in his bilingual book Stories That Must Not Die, which would go on to see more than 20 printings. The collection has been used extensively in schools in the US and Mexico.
In 2012, National Educational Systems began releasing the stories individually to facilitate their use with struggling English language learners. The titles have all new illustrations done by modern Texas artists. I am serving as series editor, designing the books and managing the new blend of Sauvageau’s engaging stories and the creative vision of artists inspired by his work.
Here are the titles available so far. Overlooked Books is the exclusive distributor of hard-bound versions of the stories (the soft-cover books are available through Amazon as well):
- All or Nothing: Todo o nada (illustrated by Terry Widener)
- The Mysterious Mirror: El espejo misterioso (illustrated by Terry Widener)
- The Sobbing Woman: La Llorona (illustrated by Xavier Garza)
- The Poor Little Naked Bird: El pobre pajarito pelón (illustrated by Leslie Widener)
- The Royal Beggar: El pordiosero de sangre real (illustrated by Leslie Widener)
- The Handsome Stranger: El guapo extranjero (illustrated by Xavier Garza)
- The Cuddling Ghost: Un cariño de espanto (illustrated by Mark Gregory Mitchell, Maria Koch, H.T. Yao, Charisse Melliza, and Cynthia Iannaccone)
- A Watch from the World Beyond: Un reloj del más allá (illustrated by Jessica P. González)
- The Lady in Black: La dama de vestido negro (illustrated by Jessica P. González)
- The Devil’s Lagoon: La laguna del diablo (illustrated by Jessica P. González)
- Not Only One but Two Devils: No sólo uno sino dos diablos (illustrated by C.C. Bowles)
- Dancing with a Ghost: Bailando con un fantasma (illustrated by Nicol Bowles)
- In Love with a Dead Man: Enamorada de un muerto (illustrated by Marco A. Sánchez)
- The Devil Takes a Bride: El diablo se casa (illustrated by Noé Vela)
- A Devil in the Well: Un diablo en la noria (illustrated by Noé Vela)
- The Jealous Barn Owl: La lechuza envidiosa (illustrated by Noé Vela)