Grade 2-4-Princess Mina leaves her homeland, China, to marry a prince in the New World. Her ship is captured by pirates, who reroute her. The pirates are then captured by the valiant Captain Sosa who, taken with Mina, bears her back to Puebla, Mexico, to be his housekeeper. A quick study, Mina adapts to life there, takes the name Catarina, converts to Catholicism, and uses her talent for sewing to create the China Poblana, a style of dress named for her, and one that is still worn by the women of Puebla. In clear prose, the rather lengthy text presents Catarina's tale in a slightly old-fashioned voice-a formal, storytelling diction that has its own charm. The pen-and-ink illustrations are also reminiscent of books created for children in the '40s and '50s-plain, unadorned, black-and-white drawings call to mind coloring-book art. Whatever its shortcomings, this is a soundly written look at an interesting piece of Mexican history. It may be just the story to read around Cinco de Mayo, and could be considered as an addition for any collection with a focus on Mexican or Mexican-American history.
Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
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Book Description Eakin Pr, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111571687319