Mexico

The Magic Maguey

By Tony Johnston

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Miguel figures out a way to save the beloved maguey plant in his Mexican pueblo.

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The Twenty-Five Mixtec Cats

By Matthew Gollub

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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.

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The Woman who Outshone the Sun

By Alejandro Cruz

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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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Going Home

By Eve Bunting

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A Mexican father and mother love their children and want them to have all the opportunities they can so they travel a long way to work in the fields of California. But when it's Christmas, it's time to go home to Mexico and gather all the family together again for a special celebration.

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Esperanza Rising

By Pam Munoz Ryan

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Beautiful Esperanza has grown up in luxury at her father's ranch, but when her father dies as the Great Depression strikes Mexico, she and her sick mother must leave their home to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California.

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Me Oh Maya!

By Jon Scieszka

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Joe, Fred, and Sam find themselves whisked by The Book to the main ring-ball court in Chichin Itza, Mexico in 1000 A.D., where they must play for their lives against a Mayan High Priest who cheats.

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Jeanette Winter Tells True Stories for Young Children

There are some things which are hard and painful to understand. Slavery. Skyscrapers exploding. War. Tsunamis. Even famous people's ordinary lives.

But in a true story, there may also be courage, hope, love, and determination. When Jeanette Winter tells her readers of historic events and people, she makes sure the stories carry not only the frightening pieces but the parts that leaven the misery as well.

The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848

In 1821, Mexico finally won its independence from Spain after a long war. It was a lot like the American Revolution against Britain; heroic generals led an army of poor, brave farmers against the Spanish army and by sheer guts wore the Spanish down. The constitution written in 1824 even called the new nation the United States of Mexico. It was larger than the United States, covering all of modern Mexico plus the western third of the modern United States.