Viva Zapata

Viva Zapata Book CoverThis humorous story is a fictional incident in the childhood of Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary hero. From the age of seven, Emiliano has struggled to understand why the children of the village are unhappy. Upon explanation from his mother, he learns this is because they are malnourished. One night, a group of bandits steal all of his family’s horses including his favorite horse, Sombra. Emiliano, ten years old at the time, takes the one remaining horse, an old mare named Lucita, and tracks down the bandits. If he can make all of the bandits laugh, he will get to take the horses back. After trying several tricks, Emiliano finally succeeds when he suggests that in the future he will help the farmers in the land so that no one has a need to become a bandido. The bandidos laugh hysterically and even split their pants. A short biography of Emiliano Zapata follows the story. The black and white illustrations are dramatic and bold, making this story a perfect introduction to a great historical figure. cc
Title: Viva Zapata
Author: Emilie Smith and Margarita Kenefic Tejada
: Stefan Czernecki
: Tradewind Books, Canada/Great Britain
: 2009
Original language
: English
: 978-1-896580-55-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentinian, Guatemalan
Author’s residence
: Canada, Guatemala
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
: Emiliano Zapata, Food, Horses, Malnutrition, Mexican revolution, Mexico, Thieves

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