Cinco de Mayo

A Quetzalcoatl Tale of Corn

By Marilyn Parke

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This traditional tale tells how corn, or maize, helped save the people of Central America from starving.

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Borreguita and the Coyote

By Verna Aardema

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The Coyote really wants to eat Borreguita, the little sheep, but she can outsmart him every time!

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Esperanza Rising

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

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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.

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Ghost Wings

By Barbara M. Joosse

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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.

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How Nanita Learned to Make Flan

By Campbell Geeslin and Petra Mathers (illustrator)

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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.

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How We Came to the Fifth World / Cómo vinimos al quinto mundo

By Harriet Rohmer

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An Aztec myth recounting the creation and destruction of the world by the deities of the four great elements.

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Magda's Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda

By Becky Chavarría-Cháirez

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While learning to make tortillas on her seventh birthday, Magda tries to make perfectly round ones like those made by her grandmother but instead creates a variety of wonderful shapes.

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Mice And Beans

By Pam Muñoz Ryan and Joe Cepeda (illustrator)

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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!

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My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aquí hasta allá

By Amada Irma Pérez

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A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

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On Ramon's Farm: Five Tales of Mexico

By Campbell Geeslin

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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.

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