A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
All text, including the glossary, is written in English and Spanish. The medicinal plant glossary, by ethnobotanist Ana Lilia Reina, includes the tribal name of the plant, the name in English and Spanish, and the scientific name. The glossary also describes the plant, its habitat and uses, the tribal and cultural origins, and an illustration.
Tradition is an important part of our lives. Anything can be fixed with the right cure.
Positive Role Models
The nana honors and communicates her cultural heritage as she shares remedies with her grandchildren.
The book focuses on a Latina nana and her two grandchildren. The nana is always in a caretaker role. The little girl plays in many ways, including biking and running around on a pretend horse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Nana's Remedies/ Los Remedios De Mi Nana, by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, shares remedies for common childhood complaints as Nana takes care of her two grandchildren. The book highlights intergenerational relationships, the importance of communicating cultural knowledge, and the variety of cultural and tribal heritages that one person can carry. The two children sometimes feel a bit sick or sad, but Nana always helps them. There's some gender stereotyping, with Nana always in a dress and a caretaker role.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet picture book shows the caring relationship between a Latina nana and her grandchildren, although the repetition and inconsistent rhyming can feel a bit forced. Of the two versions, the Spanish flows and rhymes more naturally. Nana is compassionate, and the little girl grateful for both the remedies and the relationship with her grandma.
The remedies shared in the story are more widely familiar than the plants and remedies in the glossary, which are specific to Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. The illustrations honor the diversity of a Mestizo heritage, hint at a Catholic heritage, and explore the Sonoran Desert landscape.
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