The Lady in the Blue Cloak by Eric A. Kimmel
Legends from the Texas Missions

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For each Texas mission, there is a rich and complicated history. In the title story, from Mision de San Francisco de los Tejas, a mysterious woman in blue visits the Teas people to prepare them for the missionaries' arrival. In "Rosa's Window" and "The Bell" the love and grief of two couples torn apart in the making of the Mision de San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo manifest themselves in the very edifices of the mission. The Mision de Nuestra SEnora de la Purisma Concepcion de Acuna, named for and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was the scene of a remarkable salvation as the Teas workers tried to escape the heated pursuit of the Comanches in "The Miracle at the Gate." Here Kimmel gracefully retells these and other powerful legends behind four of th missions, each enhanced by a beautifully evocative painting by Susan Guevara.

About Eric A. Kimmel

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. Susan Guevara is the illustrator for severals books for children, including Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls by Jane Yolen: Tiger, Tiger by Dee Lillegard: and Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto, a Pura Belpre Award Winner for Illustration. She now lives in Sante Fe, NM. Visit her website at
Published June 21, 2006 by Holiday House. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A pair of stories about padres concludes, “Always be polite and kind to strangers, especially if they wear brown robes and walk with sandals on their feet.” This is “what parents in San Antonio tell their children to this day.” Guevara’s lush full-page illustrations contain holy figures, often la...

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Beginning with the title figure, a mysterious woman who, in the late 1600s, appeared to the Tejas Indians near the mission now known as San Francisco de los Tejas, the author explores the origins of several missions, which rose for both reasons of religious faith and practice, and as protection a...

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