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.
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.
"...[Amadito and the Hero Children] illuminates two little-known episodes that left deep and lasting impressions on Southwestern culture." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A recommended addition to collections of Hispanic heritage and biography alike." -- School Library Journal
"This bilingual story weaves together culture, history, mortality, and hope in a life-affirming lesson." -- Tucson Citizen
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Published August 16, 2011
by University of New Mexico Press.
History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction.