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.
By Campbell Geeslin and Petra Mathers (illustrator)
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.
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!