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Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest (edition 1997)

by Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Illustrator)

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Title:Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest
Authors:Deborah Nourse Lattimore
Other authors:Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Illustrator)
Info:Steck-Vaughn Company (1997), Edition: 1, Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Hispanic, Multicultural, Southwest, Spanish

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Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest by Deborah Nourse Lattimore



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Frida Maria's family is preparing for their big fiesta. Frida's mamá wants her to learn to be a good "señorita" for the fiesta; however, all Frida is interested in is the horses her uncle takes care of. Frida and her mamá both learn in the end that in order for the whole family to be happy, everyone must learn to do what is best for them. ( )
  jlaurendine | Feb 15, 2015 |
Frida is not the little girl her mother wants her to be, she likes to ride horses and hang out with her uncle and she cannot cook, clean, or sew. When it comes time for the town Fiesta, Frida tries to be more lady like. That is until a horse race erupts and Frida jumps on her uncle's horse to win. Although Frida is not as lady like and well mannered as her mother wants her to be, her mother loves her nonetheless and she enjoys the Fiesta with her family.
The illustrations really made it seem like I was observing a real Fiesta, they were authentic and colorful. I also liked the message of this book, to never stop being who you are for anyone else. ( )
  SMLawrence | Dec 1, 2014 |
Frida Maria is a feisty, independent little girl in the Old Southwest. Everyone is getting ready for Fiesta, and although she tries to behave properly, Frida is constantly disappointing her "mama. "Finally, she must decide if it is better to please her "mama "or to be true to herself. "It is refreshing to see such a strong and independent girl in this satisfying picture book."***SRC Quiz***
  law2110 | Jan 21, 2013 |
"Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest", written by California native Deborah Nourse Lattimore, includes charming illustrations of the architecture, clothing, customs, and artifacts from the Mexican rancho period of California. The plot of this picture book involves a spirited young girl (Frida Maria) who would rather be riding her horse than participating in some of the more typical feminine pastimes of the era such as sewing, cooking, and dancing. The climax of the story has Frida Maria leaping on a horse and racing against a neighboring ranchero. Naturally, Frida wins and saves her family a year's worth of taxes. Although the plot is unlikely, in an author's note Lattimore describes a real high-stakes horse race in1842 between Jose Sepulveda from Los Angeles and Pio Pico from San Diego. Students will probably especially appreciate the huge four-paneled painting at the end of the book which features both the outside and inside of an old California adobe. ( )
  odonnell | Aug 9, 2010 |
What I thought: I loved this story because it shows that you need to be yourself and not let anyone tell you what you should be like. This book will help show children that they are the best they can be when they are themselves and do not act like anyone else. It shows that they can be whatever they want to be. This story was fun but I thought that some of the words would be to hard for younger children to understand. This book uses some spanish words that most young children would not know. I did think that this book had a good moral because it shows that no matter what Frida did she was always striving to be herself which is what all children should understand, that they are who they are and shouldn't try to be someone else.

Summary: A story of a young girl that tries to be someone she is not to make her mother happy, but everything she tries to do never turns out the way she wants it to. She tries to make her mother happy by trying to sew, work in the kitchen, and dance with her sisters but what she really wants to do is ride her uncles horse Diablo in the big race.Frida goes with her mother and sisters to the fiesta and watched the festivities. Her Uncle and Don Ramon get into an argument about which of them will win the race. The race has a false start and Frida takes her uncles place and wins the race. Her mother was so proud she accepted Frida for who she was.

Classroom Extensions1) I would have the students make miniture versions of themselves out of construction paper then on the body have them write a short paragraph about themselves.2) I would play a reading game with my students. Everyone would sit in a circle and I would have the book and a ball of string. I would ask which student would like to start the game, then the student would read a few lines on the first page then pass the book with the string to the next person. When the reading is done we would have a reading webb ( )
  cltnae | Jul 29, 2008 |
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Two six-page gatefolds and fresco-like paintings enhance the drama, and the fun, of the strong-willed Frida Mari+a7a's preparations--with her horse, Diablo--for the fiesta, her attempts to please Mama by behaving properly, and her decision concerning a high-stakes race.

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Because she does not sew, cook, or dance like a "proper senorita," Frida cannot please her mother until she saves the day at the fiesta with her special talent.

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