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by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
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A bilingual story of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies through healing neighbors and family.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-935955-91-7
13-digit ISBN978-1-935955-91-7
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InPaperback
Page Count40
Product Dimensions8 1/2 x 11
Publication DateApril 13, 2015
RightsAll Rights Available
"This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants."—Andrew Weil, MD
Aaron has asked his grandfather Tata to teach him about the healing remedies he uses. Tata is a neighbor and family elder. People come to him all the time for his soothing solutions and for his compassionate touch and gentle wisdom. Tata knows how to use herbs, teas, and plants to help each one. His wife, Grandmother Nana, is there too, bringing delicious food and humor to help Tata's patients heal. An herbal remedies glossary at the end of the book includes useful information about each plant, plus botanically correct drawings.

Here is Roni talking about her new book on Tucson's KGUN9!

Kirkus Reviews
[Roni Capin] Rivera-Ashford offers another semiautobiographical and child-friendly recounting of the importance of sharing intergenerational wisdom, this time accompanied by Castro L.'s expressive illustrations. … So many cultural treasures are dependent on word-of-mouth transmission, and this story encourages grandparents to lovingly pass on their knowledge to eager grandchildren and family members.
- Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2015  Visit Website
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Booklist Online
Remarkable, realistic watercolor illustrations reveal the emotions felt by the sufferers, while the bilingual text conveys Tata’s expertise in alleviating their discomfort and in teaching his grandson about natural remedies. … An illuminating glimpse into a tradition not often addressed in children’s literature.
- Maryann Owen, April 15, 2015  Visit Website
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Smithsonian Book Dragon Blog
In our overprescribed, overstimulated, overscheduled lives, author Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford reminds us about family traditions, cross-cultural and inter-generational support, building community, and taking the time to share, listen, and heal one another. … Illustrator Antonio Castro L.’s signature style – minutely detailed, meticulously thorough, richly colored – enhances the realism of Rivera-Ashford’s story.
- Terry Hong , May 5, 2015  Visit Website
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Midwest Book Review
“My Tata’s Remedies” is a beautiful bicultural book presenting healing herb lore laced with love in an Hispanic tradition, with roots in the American Southwest.
- Midwest Book Review , July 20, 2015  Visit Website
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Edible Baja Arizona
“In both English and Spanish, the book is practical and useful, as well as entertaining for children.”
- Molly Kincaid, September 15, 2015  Visit Website
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Kiss The Book
Told in both Spanish and English, this book is a great introduction to natural healing practices and the use of medicinal plants.
- Lisa Morey, January 13, 2016  Visit Website
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Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
In this beautifully constructed book, the topic of traditional natural medicine takes center stage … Roni Rivera-Ashford portrays a loving intergenerational relationship between Tata Gus and Aaron, one in which wisdom and knowledge are patiently passed down from grandfather to grandson.
- May 28, 2016  Visit Website
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De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
Rather than a typical European “beginning-conflict-resolution” children’s story that tells rather than shows, this beautiful book shows how oral teaching of traditional herbal remedies is transmitted across generations of community.
- Beverly Slapin, June 14, 2016  Visit Website
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