Josefina Montoya is growing up on a rancho near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1824. Ever since Mamá died a year before, Josefina and her three sisters have been struggling to carry on without her. One bright fall day, happy news arrives—their beloved grandfather is returning home after a long trading trip. Josefina knows that he will bring exciting stories and wonderful treasures from his journey. But this time he brings something more—a great surprise that Josefina and her sisters never even dreamed of!
Paperback: 96 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)