Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

Gloria Amescua, illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4020-6
Luz Jiménez (1897–1965) was a “child of the flower-song people, the powerful Aztecs, who called themselves Nahua—who lost their land, but who did not disappear.” Amescua sensitively excavates the compelling story of the woman known as “the spirit of Mexico” through her appearance in works by artists including Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot, and Tina Mondotti. Jiménez is portrayed as a curious, ambitious person who, from a young age, treasured her heritage and was determined to preserve her threatened culture despite hardship, discrimination, and colonialism. Though her dream of teaching children is thwarted, her work as a model creates opportunities to connect with scholars: “So Luz at last became a teacher, weaving the threads of her flower-song, xochicuicatl—her language and culture—into their hearts.” Tonatiuh’s hand-drawn, digitally collaged images mix motifs from Indigenous Mexican art with modern textures, celebrating the endurance and resilience of treasured traditions in a changing world. Ages 6–10. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 07/08/2021
Release date: 08/17/2021
Genre: Children's
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