CRRL Kids: The Magic of Mexico
Annotation:When Chavela blows a bubble with a strange new gum, she floats away to Mexico, where her great-grandfather once worked harvesting the tree sap that makes gum chewy.
Annotation:Spoiled, self-centered Esperanza loses her father, wealth and easy Mexican life and starts over as a California farm worker in the 1930s. Spanish words and magical realism grace this expansive, readable novel that is written from the heart. Also available as an audiobook.
Annotation:While celebrating the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican girl remembers her wonderful grandmother who sang songs, made tortillas, chased monsters away, and loved butterflies.
Annotation:A determined little girl who makes her own magical shoes, a parrot with an eye-patch and a mean old lady with sore feet combine with illustrations awash with detail and color in this comida mexicana: a lighter-than-air mixture of laughter and lesson. Delicisioso.
Annotation:An Aztec myth recounting the creation and destruction of the world by the deities of the four great elements
Annotation:In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
Annotation:When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.
Annotation:Kind-hearted but forgetful grandmother Rosa María prepares for her granddaughter’s seventh birthday, with help from the ratones living in her house. Color-drenched, lively illustrations reflect a close-knit Hispanic family, and Spanish phrases flavor the story. Includes a recipe for rice and beans!
Annotation:The animals that Ramon tends on his family's farm in Mexico include sheep that weep when they're shorn and a goat that climbs to the top of a windmill. Includes some Spanish words with pronunciation.
Annotation:The inhabitants of a mountain village are suspicious of the twenty-five cats who come to live with their healer, until the cats are able to help lift a curse placed on the butcher.
Annotation:The theft of all the lemons from her lemon tree leads Rosalinda to an encounter with la Anciana, the Old One, who walks the Mexican countryside helping things grow, and to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness.
Annotation:Retells the Zapotec legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman with magical powers who is exiled from a mountain village and takes its water away in punishment.
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Stories and poems set in Mexico are often lively and magical. Experience colorful narratives and unforgettable characters in these selections.