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How Chile Came to New Mexico

Author: Rudolfo Anaya

Region: North America, U.S., New Mexico

Original Language: Spanish

Translator: Nasario Garcia 

Illustrator: Nicolas Otero

Genre: Legends; folktales

Descriptors: Aztec gods; Chile; marriage; quests; spirits

Age: 4-8 years old


How Chile Came to New Mexico by Rudolfo Anaya is a reimagining of how chile might have made its way into New Mexico to become to most favored dish of the area. Somewhere in a New Mexican pueblo, Young Eagle is madly in love with a girl named Sage. When his father and he approach Sage’s father to propose marriage, a quest is presented to Young Eagle. Sage’s father will allow Young Eagle to marry his daughter if he travels to the land of the Aztecs and retrieves chile seeds. Angry spirits lurk on the journey ready to deter Young Eagle from achieving his quest. Will he succeed in his quest, marry Sage, and bring Chile to his people? This book is filled with incredible illustrations with bright colors. The stories is on the shorter side, being 48 pages. Therefore, the book would be best for ages 4 to 8. Overall, the story is a creative take on how chile may have made its way into the hearts of New Mexicans. 

More About This Book

Reviewed: print book by Rio Grande Books (2018). ISBN 9781943681266. 48 p.

Reviewed by: Raquel Martinez 

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