The Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch / Alla En El Rancho Grande

By Ethriam Cash Brammer; D. Nina Cruz (Illustrator)
(Pinata Books, Hardcover, 9781558854093, 1pp.)

Publication Date: May 2004

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On El Rancho Grande, the grandchildren are not so interested in how Grandpa bought the ranch, but in what can be done on the ranch. The children play hide and seek in cornfields, under "the canopy of green leaves, golden threads and giant ears of corn." They feed the family horses, ride the rambunctious pigs, and take frolicking dips in the duck pond. But through all of the outdoor escapades, their family stories are circling in the air, like the "sunflower wind" blooming around them. While drinking ice-cold lemonade in the sunshine, they hear about how Grandpa's song of sorrow won him El Rancho. They hear about chickens that have abandoned their coops to live in Abuela's chicken tree, and they even discover a story about a boy who cried chocolate tears. In those days of running and jumping, the narrator, Tito, did not realize that he was hearing the stories that would wrap him up "like an enchanted sarape to keep [him] warm for the rest of [his] life." In this lively bilingual picture book, readers aged 3 to 7 can experience the wonder of a bright summer day and learn that family stories can be as magical as a "blanket of stars." From Ethriam Cash Brammer, the author of My Tata's Guitar / La guitarra de mi tata (Pinata Books, 2003), comes a beautiful story about the value of family stories.

About the Author
Ethriam Cash Brammer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. A widely published poet, screenwriter and writer of fiction, he is the translator of Lucas Guevara (Arte Publico Press, 2003) and The Adventures of Don Chipote, or When Parrots Breast Feed (Arte Publico Press, 2000). He lives in Detroit, Michigan.

D. Nina Cruz holds a BFA from Paier College of Art in Connecticut. As a young girl, you could always find her daydreaming or drawing, a combination that has led her to illustrate children's books. Her paintings reflect the places she has visited and her Latino culture. Nina lives in Northern New Jersey and enjoys spending time with her eleven nieces and nephews.
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