Under the Mesquite

By American Indians in Children's Literature

Though Under the Mesquite is generally seen as Latino literature—it won, for example, the 2012 Pure Belpre Award—it is also correct to see it as an Indigenous text…In this beautiful story, told in free verse, Lupita tells us about her Aztec ancestors. As I readUnder the Mesquite I paused again and again to be–just be–with McCall’s gorgeous phrases.

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