The Little King
An Aztec TaleBook - 2010
Citlali is an Aztec Indian woman who epitomizes the role of the nurturer, as she experiences life as a wife, a mother, a mother-in-law, and most poignantly, a grandmother. She whole-heartedly feels that the arrival of her grandson is the answer to her prayers. The religiously devout Citlali prizes her relationship with her grandson above all else; and her grandson, El Reyecito, a mestizo who becomes a Catholic priest, returns the affection. The wonderful world of Aztec and Mexican traditions come together in the picturesque countryside of Central Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. A reciprocal dependence exists between the people of this region and the land from which they live; one cannot thrive without the other. The cultivation of the land, the care of the animals, and an unwavering faith in God and the Virgin Mary allow the Indians to endure their multiple hardships and to continue their long-established way of life, which includes authentic Mexican cuisine and lively celebrations. Throughout the story, the imagery is brought to life through splashes of vivid Spanish-and Nahuatl-language, excerpts from traditional Mexican celebratory songs, and colorful illustrations.
Publisher: Orange, Calif. : Charles Randall, Inc., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: jFICTION Lopez
Characteristics: 79 p. : col. ill. ; 23x29 cm