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My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs

In this beautifully constructed book, the topic of traditional natural medicine takes center stage
as a young boy, Aaron, spends the weekend at his grandparents’ house, where he learns many
remedies from his healer grandfather, Tata Gus. With great sensitivity, author Roni Capin
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.
Readers join the pair for a day of healing in which several members of Aaron’s extended Latino
family and community come knocking at Tata and Nana’s door in search of a remedy to cure a
sudden ailment. Each community member is received attentively and given generous care, and
may even enjoy a special treat of empanadas prepared by Aaron’s grandmother, Nana. With
stunningly realistic artwork done by renowned Mexican artist Antonio L. Castro, My Tata’s
Remedies offers an absorbing glimpse into a busy and productive day at Tata and Nana’s
house. The book lends itself to classroom discussion of traditional medicine, family traditions,
and the importance of community. A detailed glossary of medicinal herbs and remedies
provides readers with the opportunity to delve more deeply into learning more about the healing
properties of each item mentioned in the book. (Grades 2-4)
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