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Viva Zapata! Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tradewind Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896580556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896580555
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful children's book about a childhood episode in the life of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata…Beautiful, dramatic black and white illustrations wrap the story in a fabulous aura. It is a hard world where a life can be decided on whether or not you can make a rough bandido laugh. Emiliano is more than up to the task." (Midwest Book Review 2009-10-01)

"With a light touch of foreshadowing and simple black and white illustrations, the authors have created a fun way to introduce young readers to a historical figure who made a difference in the lives of millions." (Canadian Bookseller Magazine 2009-10-01)

"Recommend this book for both school libraries and public libraries...The book would be an idea candidate for a display highlighting picture books as art." (Resource Links 2009-12-01)

"Illustrator Stefan Czernicki succeeds in illustrating the setting and characters in such a way as to impact Zapata's cause...Audiences will appreciate the full-page drawings and large boldface text opposite each illustration." (Library Media Connection 2010-03-01)

About the Author

Emilie Smith was born in Argentina and lives in Vancouver, BC. Margarita Kenefic Tejada lives in Guatemala.


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"Viva Zapata" is a wonderful children's book about a childhood episode in the life of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. Though he is only ten years old, Emiliano decides to try to rescue his horse, Sombra, who has been stolen with all the other horses of his father by a gang of bandidos. He has to ride old Lucita because she was so old the bandidos did not bother to steal her. His father refuses to take him on the hunt for the bandidos, so Emiliano sets off alone and rides Lucita late into the night up the foothills of the Popocatepetl volcano, when he discovers the bandidos asleep and his beloved Sombra, along with the other horses. A harrowing night's adventure transpires before young Emiliano slips away with Sombra and the horses, but the thought of the hungry bandidos who must steal horses for a living stays in the mind, both of young Emiliano and the reader. Beautiful, dramatic black and white illustrations wrap the story in a fabulous aura. It is a hard world where a life can be decided on whether or not you can make a rough bandido laugh. Emiliano is more than up to the task. "Viva Zapata" is aimed at readers ages 4 to 8.
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