My Mama's Little Ranch on the Pampas

Maria Cristina Brusca, Author Henry Holt & Company $15.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8050-2782-2
Revisiting the fond childhood memories she mined so successfully in On the Pampas , Brusca again opens the door on a corner of the world not often frequented by American children's books, her native Argentina. Here, she tells of life on a ranch, far from her family's home in Buenos Aires, which her mother bought and managed. For an adventuresome girl and her equally spirited brother, the ranch is heavenly--there are horses to ride and a buggy to drive, places to explore, chores to be done and gauchos' stories to hear. There's drama, too: a cow's calf is delivered by cesarean (the illustrations are tasteful, but fairly graphic) and a spooky nighttime horseback ride. Brusca's kinetic watercolors always seem to be in motion; her spiky, cartoon-like style is imbued with color and energy. Particularly attractive endpapers display maps, a glossary and an explanation of the reverse seasons in the Southern hemisphere. Ages 6-10. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
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