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Viva Zapata!
By authors: Emilie Smith, Margarita Kenefic Tejada   Illustrated by: Stefan Czernecki
Selling Points: Adventure, humor
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $14.95
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This humorous story is about a fictional incident in the childhood of the Mexican revolutionary hero, Emiliano Zapata. After Emiliano's pony is stolen, he manages to track down the bandits and recover his horse.

Emilie Smith lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote this story with her friend, Margarita Kenefic Tejada, who lives in Guatemala. They met in a Mexican village about a day's horseback ride from Emiliano Zapata's home.

Stefan Czernecki lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has visited Mexico many times.
Library Media Connection - March 1, 2010
"Illustrator Stefan Czernicki succeeds in illustrating the setting and characters in such a way as to impact Zapata's cause...Audiences will appreciate the full-page drawings and large boldface text opposite each illustration."
Resource Links - December 1, 2009
"Recommend this book for both school libraries and public libraries...The book would be an idea candidate for a display highlighting picture books as art."
Midwest Book Review - October 1, 2009
"A wonderful children's book about a childhood episode in the life of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata…Beautiful, dramatic black and white illustrations wrap the story in a fabulous aura. It is a hard world where a life can be decided on whether or not you can make a rough bandido laugh. Emiliano is more than up to the task."
Canadian Bookseller Magazine - October 1, 2009
"With a light touch of foreshadowing and simple black and white illustrations, the authors have created a fun way to introduce young readers to a historical figure who made a difference in the lives of millions."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009



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