Jade is a young girl who lives in a village next to a towering volcano. On its peak lives a Mountain Spirit who makes his presence known by rumbling the earth, filling the sky with smoke, and pouring lava down the mountainside. Angered by those who forget to honor him for providing their harvest, the Mountain Spirit has stopped sending rain to Jade's village and the people are faced with the possibility of having to abandon their homes and land.
As Jade collects water from the near-dry lake, a blue hummingbirda messenger from the Mountain Spirittells Jade she must take a gift to the Mountain Spirit and ask for rain. Guided by the hummingbird, Jade presents her food offering to the Mountain Spirit. Pleased, the spirit offers the brave girl corn kernels that she takes back to her village and uses to create the first tortilla.
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.
Amy Córdova of Taos, New Mexico, is an artist, arts educator, and activist, renowned for her highly contextualized depictions of Latino cultures. She has illustrated over seventeen children’s books and has been awarded the prestigious American Library Association Pura Belpré Award twice, in 2008 and 2010.
Enrique R. Lamadrid is a literary folklorist and cultural historian in the University of New Mexico's Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vivid colors, scenic flowers, creatures that can speak, and the bravery of a young girl lend beauty and heart to this story. Beyond an explanation of how the first tortilla was formed, the story reminds us of simple gifts like corn and rain that give life to us all. It reminds us to be thankful for the beauty and essence of the plants and animals which surround us.Classroom use: story could supplement science and history lessons on agriculture and the development of food; students could create their own explanation/discovery stories for subjects such as fire, houses, clothing, etc.