Josefina is delighted when Tía Dolores returns to the Montoyas’ rancho. But soon after she arrives, a flash flood kills hundreds of the family’s sheep. Tía Dolores suggests that the Montoyas could recover from this terrible loss by starting a weaving business—something Mamá never would have done. But Papá likes the idea. Then Tía Dolores decides to teach the girls how to read. Mamá didn’t read, but Josefina is excited to learn. Then she begins to worry. Will all these changes make the girls forget Mamá?
Paperback: 80 pages 6.125" W x 8.5" H Ages 8 and up
Booklist: These engaging, easy-to-read stories, with pleasing Latino characters and fast-moving plots, have been beautifully rendered in Spanish. Interestingly, and most appropriately, the translator has included a few New Mexico regionalisms and archaic terms that were common in the 1800s, such as “trocar,” “ansina,” “das la venia,” and “trujiera,” which add authenticity to the life and times of early New Mexico. (November 15, 1998)