Under the Mesquite

By Latin Baby Book Club

McCall’s descriptions are so vivid, that I felt as though I were sitting at Lupita’s kitchen table in Eagle Pass, Texas, or floating lazily on my back in the Rio Grande. I felt Lupita’s every emotion, and knew her most intimate thoughts. I really love that this story honestly depicts the struggle with poverty that Lupita’s family experiences, as well as the closeness and love that only families can understand.

Parents and teachers: this is a beautiful book dealing with the death of a loved one while providing hopeful ending. An excellent read if you are discussing family, dealing with family illness and loss. Other topics include extended family, immigration, Mexico, acclimating, and more. This book is best suited for older children ages 7 – 12.