Maya's children are the Crying Woman's eternal quest
Maya’s Children: The Story of La Llorona adds a 500+-year-old legend to the storehouse of children’s literature in English and Spanish through the substantial storytelling capabilities of Rudolfo Alfonso Anaya (born October 30, 1937), as:
• anthologist, editor, essayist, folklorist, historian, mythologist, novelist, playwright, poet, storyteller in the Old Southwest’s Land of Enchantment;
• counselor in the United States of America’s forty-seventh state; and
• emeritus literature professor at the University of New Mexico.
The story brings together the beliefs, customs, folklore, legends, myths, proverbs, and sayings of Hispanic and Native American peoples from fifteenth-century Mexico northward into sixteenth-century New Mexico.
It can be considered an old tale whose role-modeling cautions against children behaving badly and parents suffering nightmarish losses.