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Title: Nacar the White Deer: A Story of Old Mexico
Author: Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Date Published: January 2005 (reprint from 1963)
Price: $10.95 softcover (libraries and schools receive 25% discount when
ordered directly from publisher, (800) 757-6831
Comments: Ages 9 and up. By the Newbery Award-winning author (I, Jaun de
Pareja, 1966) of My Heart Lies South.
A deep friendship springs up between a boy, who had lost his voice and his
mother at the same tragic moment, and an ailing albino deer sent from China as a
gift to the King of Spain. It is Lalo's task to nurture the sick deer back to
health in the mountains of Mexico so that he will be well enough for the sea
voyage to Spain. This gentle story of Mexico in 1630 follows young Lalo on his
journey back to the Mountain of the Sleeping Lady. The journey and months the
deer and the boy spend with Lalo's goats are full both of dangers found in a
wild landscape and of charming incidents found in a people brimming with life
and faith. As with any friendship there is sorrow as well as joy, and Lalo
grows in wisdom and courage as he comes to accept even the uncertainties and
difficulties of the trust he has been given.
Read an excerpt at http://bethlehembooks.com/reading_room/nacar_excerpt.htm
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