Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Spanish Missions of Arizona - Robin Lyon

Children's Press/Scholastic, 2010
Content Consultant: Kristina W. Foss, museum director, Santa Barbara Mission Museum
48 pgs., Library Binding

On the cover, Missin San Xavier del Bac, just south of Tucson. The White Dove of the Desert. I wrote poems about this place with my fifth graders in Maine. Now I live here, and the missions of California and the southwest fascinate me. The idea that a group of people would come into a place so foreign to them to convert non-believers to their beliefs....well.....

This is reasonable-to-read nonfiction for kids. Informative interesting history, telling of the twenty plus missions in Arizona, most no longer standing, and the few that are -- Tumacacori, Xan Xavier. Many photos, a few painting depicting times of the past, names and dates and pronunciations of some of the hard-to-pronounce words -

Good book. Kid-readable. Pefect for 4th grade Arizona history studies and kids who are fascinated with history - I'm finding lots of those!

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