Here is an award-winning retelling of the Zapotec Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno, a magical earth woman who chastises a village of mountain people for their prejudice. This story is based on a poem by Martinez.
Beautiful Lucia mysteriously arrives in a village in the mountains near a flowing river. All of the wildlife and animals are drawn to her, but the villagers fear her supernatural powers. The villagers decide to drive Lucia from the mountains, but the river follows her, leaving barren land behind. What can the villagers do to get back their only water supply? Olivera's appealing and colorful paintings enhance this powerful folktale.
This book was named the ALA Notable Children's Book, Parenting magazine's Outstanding Children's Book, and the Parent's Choice Read to Achieve Selection, all for 1992. A wonderful selection for readers ages 4 to 8.