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

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jimenez, Daughter of the Nahua
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Age Range
6+
Release Date
August 17, 2021
ISBN
978-1419740206
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She was Luz Jiménez, child of the flower-song people, the powerful Aztec, who called themselves Nahua— who lost their land but who did not disappear.

As a young Nahua girl in Mexico during the early 1900s, Luz learned how to grind corn in a metate, to twist yarn with her toes, and to weave on a loom. By the fire at night, she listened to stories of her community’s joys, suffering, and survival, and wove them into her heart.

But when the Mexican Revolution came to her village, Luz and her family were forced to flee and start a new life. In Mexico City, Luz became a model for painters, sculptors, and photographers such as Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot, and Tina Modotti. These artists were interested in showing the true face of Mexico and not a European version. Through her work, Luz found a way to preserve her people's culture by sharing her native language, stories, and traditions. Soon, scholars came to learn from her.

This moving, beautifully illustrated biography tells the remarkable story of how model and teacher Luz Jiménez became “the soul of Mexico”—a living link between the indigenous Nahua and the rest of the world. Through her deep pride in her roots and her unshakeable spirit, the world came to recognize the beauty and strength of her people.

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Child of the Flower-Song People
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Beautifully illustrated biography of Luz Jimenez. I totally love books that show people that are part of my own Mexican heritage. This picture book is the perfect addition to not only school libraries, but personal ones as well.

Luz Jimenez's story is told with the powerful illustrations of Duncan Tonatiuh that show the spirit and courage of a young Nahua girl who longs to be a teacher and share the history/culture of her ancestors. As a former bilingual teacher, I would have loved this book to share with my mostly diverse students. There is beauty and empowerment in seeing people that mirror who you are. Luz's story is one of determination, strength, and courage. She ended up being a model for Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, who wanted to show true representations of Mexico and not the Spanish version.

At the back of the book are a glossary, timeline, and short bio on Luz's life.

Powerful, empowering story of 'the spirit of Mexico' Luz Jimenez. A total recommend to all who want a picture book that celebrates the life of a Nahua native.
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1. Beautifully illustrated non-fiction tale of Luz Jimenez
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