My Tata's Remedies = Los remedios de mi Tata
My Tata's Remedies = Los remedios de mi Tata

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Annotation: Tata Gus teaches his grandson Aaron how to use natural healing remedies, and in the process helps the members of his family and his neighbors.
Catalog Number: #119756
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Castro, Antonio,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-935955-89-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-94149-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-935955-89-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-94149-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014032021
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
A young boy learns about natural remedies to cure illness and injuries in this picture book. Aaron's grandfather, Tata, is knowledgeable in the use of "dried flowers, leaves, herbs and teas" to ease a variety of physical problems for family members and neighbors. The boy assists his grandfather in helping people suffering from a wide range of conditions, including a bee sting, a toothache, a burn, and an eye infection. Aaron is put in charge of searching his grandfather's shelves, which are filled with numerous labeled bags and bottles. While Tata soothes his patients' ailments, Nana, Aaron's grandmother, comforts with her homemade empanadas and hot chocolate. Remarkable, realistic watercolor illustrations reveal the emotions felt by the sufferers, while the bilingual text conveys Tata's expertise in alleviating their discomfort and in teaching his grandson about natural remedies. A "Glossary of Medicinal Herbs & Remedies" follows the story and is accompanied by illustrations of the plants described, along with specific warnings where necessary. An illuminating glimpse into a tradition not often addressed in children's literature.
School Library Journal
BLGr 2&11;4&12; A boy learns about making and applying herbal remedies from his grandfather, Tata, in this warm portrait of a loving Latino family. While Aaron spends the day at his grandparents' home, various neighbors drop by and ask for help with small ailments and injuries&12;a bee sting, itchy feet, an eye infection. Tata treats each one with an herbal tea, poultice, wrap or other application, then repeats the comforting Spanish refrain " Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanar&5;s ma&1;ana. " All are grateful and stay for empanadas and hot chocolate, and the story closes with Aaron expressing his gratitude for the lessons and his intention to practice making his Tata's remedies. This is a lovely intergenerational story that could have benefitted from some additional back matter about curanderas ; a glossary offers definitions and pictures of each plant mentioned in the story, but there is no information about the family's cultural heritage, the origins of the remedies Tata employs, or the region where the story takes place. A disclaimer notes that readers should not take the text as medical advice; good thing, as one or two of the maladies Tata treats seem serious enough to warrant medical attention (a neighbor's burn, which the text indicates is mild but appears deep in the illustration, and a child's spiking fever). Realistic watercolor illustrations are kid-friendly but occasionally unsettling as the neighbors show up with their various ailments. Nevertheless, the bilingual text is strong, and the story will appeal to those looking for loving intergenerational relationships and Latino family traditions. VERDICT A strong choice for larger collections or those in need of grandparent stories.&12; Amy Martin, Oakland Public Library, CA
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Pura Belpre Honor
School Library Journal (6/1/15)
Word Count: 2,130
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 174192 / grade: Lower Grades

"This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants."--Andrew Weil, MD Aaron has asked his grandfather Tata to teach him about the healing remedies he uses. Tata is a neighbor and family elder. People come to him all the time for his soothing solutions and for his compassionate touch and gentle wisdom. Tata knows how to use herbs, teas, and plants to help each one. His wife, Grandmother Nana, is there too, bringing delicious food and humor to help Tata's patients heal. An herbal remedies glossary at the end of the book includes useful information about each plant, plus botanically correct drawings. Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford grew up in Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico border. Born into a pioneering Jewish family with roots in Eastern Europe, Roni embraced the languages, cultures, and people on both sides of the border. Now a retired bilingual educator, her first book, My Nana's Remedies / Los Remedios de mi Nana , is a classic, a parent's and teacher's friend for teaching children traditional values. Antonio Castro L. is nationally recognized for his illustrations of books by Joe Hayes. Teaming up with his son, book designer Antonio Castro H., he uses his exacting illustrative skills to bring to life this story of family and plants. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Antonio has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life.

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