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My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

Edible Baja Arizona

A story truly rooted in Tucson, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford tells a tale of a grandfather who is known for using traditional herbs as homeopathic treatments for various ailments. In both English and Spanish, the book is practical and useful, as well as entertaining for children.

Tata, as the child narrator relates, has been treating neighbors and family members since he was a young man. When the narrator’s little sister is stung by a bee, Tata packs her arm with mud and makes a wrap out of cloth soaked in corn silk. He makes a powder out of cat’s claw pods for diaper rash, a rinse from elderberry blossoms for itchy eyes, and marigold blossom and hummingbird flower tea to treat a fever.

Perhaps even more valuable than the medical advice is the lesson in cross-cultural diversity. One of the neighbors who comes to Tata for treatment is a recent immigrant from Angola. For children whose first language is English, the Spanish text offers encouragement to learn another language prevalent in our region.

This melting-pot approach comes naturally to the author. Rivera-Ashford’s Jewish ancestors settled in Nogales years ago, and she taught school in the border region for 30 years before retiring in Tucson. Her themes are deeply tied to the varying cultures of the border — another book, “Hip Hip Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day!/Ajua, Ya Llego El Chubasco!” celebrates the rainy season here in the desert.
- Molly Kincaid, September 14, 2015  Visit Website

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