Bilingual • Children and Southwest
Amadito and the Hero Children : Amadito y los Niños Héroes
Winner of the Pablita Verde Award for outstanding children's publication from the Historical Society of New Mexico
Winner of the 2012 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Recent health scares such as H1N1 influenza have exposed children to frightening information that can be difficult to process. This thoughtful bilingual book helps them understand the abstract concept of large-scale sickness and appreciate the role children play in the health of their community. It introduces young readers to a fascinating aspect of southwest history, and invites discussion of folk medicine and science, while also addressing children's curiosities and fears.
Recounting the two most deadly epidemics to strike the Southwest--smallpox in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and influenza during World War I--this beautifully illustrated narrative reveals that with tragedy comes heroism, as demonstrated by the children who bravely transported the smallpox vaccine from Mexico's interior to New Mexico in 1805. Through the eyes of the protagonist José Amado "Amadito" Domínguez--a real child of the flu epidemic era who would later become Taos County's first nuevomexicano physician--folklorist Lamadrid weaves together culture, history, mortality, and hope into a life-affirming lesson.
Part of the Pasó por Aquí Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Enrique R. Lamadrid is a literary folklorist and cultural historian in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In 2005, he was awarded the Américo Paredes Prize by the American Folklore Society in recognition of his work as a cultural activist.
Amy Córdova is an artist, author, educator and two-time ALA Pura Belpré Honors Award winner for children's book illustration. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, within the glorious view of the Jemez Mountains.
"...[Amadito and the Hero Children] illuminates two little-known episodes that left deep and lasting impressions on Southwestern culture."--
"A recommended addition to collections of Hispanic heritage and biography alike."--
School Library Journal
"Wonderfully illustrated by Amy Córdova, Enrique Lamadrid's narration is filled with the creativity of a storyteller."--
Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"Enrique Lamadrid's well-crafted account honors the oral tradition and the importance of keeping storeis alive by sharing them with others."--
Chronicles of the Trail
"This bilingual story weaves together culture, history, mortality, and hope in a life-affirming lesson."--
10 x 8.5 in. 60 pages 14 color illustrations, 5 halftones