Thursday, January 8, 2015


by Roni Capin-Rivera Ashford
illustrated by Antonio Castro L.

A bilingual story of family and traditional wisdom.

Aaron asks his grandfather to teach him how to heal people using natural remedies. For an entire day, Tata and Aaron respond to a variety of complaints—from bee stings to eye infections. While Tata and Aaron minister to people's bodies, his grandmother Nana offers remedies for their soul with delicious empanadas and warm hospitality.

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford grew up in the Sonoran desert on the Arizona side of the U.S.-Mexico border. She was a bilingual preschool and elementary school teacher for over thirty years. Now retired, she works as an author, editor, and translator.

Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press).

Praise for My Tata’s Remedies

“This charming book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants.” —Andrew Weil M.D.

“Roni, your book is full of treasures!  Roni, tu libro está lleno de tesoros!”
—Yuyi Morales

“My Tata’s Remedies is essential to the efforts of recognizing the significance of the traditional home culture of Latino children.” —Alma Flor Ada

“This is a treasure chest filled with memories of my grandparents and my mother.”
—Raúl H. Castro, former Governor and U.S. Ambassador

978-1-935955-91-7, cloth $17.95
978-1-935955-89-4, paper, $8.95/
978-1-935955-90-0, ebook, $8.95

Distributed by Consortium Book Sales / Publishes April 2015

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