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How Chile Came to New Mexico

Here in New Mexico, chile commands our focus, attention and taste buds. It's a year-round obsession to the point where we even have an official state question, "Red or Green?" which highlights its importance. How Chile Came to New Mexico is the exciting tale of how New Mexico's premier crop came to the Land of Enchantment. The story shows the importance of Native Americans who helped bring chile to New Mexico through a long journey with many dangers. Intertwined in the book is love and romance and the story of the influence of many cultures in New Mexico's history.

This award-winning book features straight-forward storytelling, sharp and colorful art and English and Spanish translations all created by some of New Mexico's premier talent. Rudolfo Anaya, a New Mexico native, is the premiere Hispanic author, winning many awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Medal of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Artist Nicolás Otero is an award-winning santero, a painter and carver of religious art, and teaches middle school art in Los Lunas, NM. Nasario García, an award-winning author and teacher, documents oral histories of New Mexico and created the translations for this fantastic children's book.

  • Hardback
  • 48 pages
  • Recommended for ages 4-8
  • Printed in New Mexico
  • 10" x 8"