With seven brothers and sisters, it seems to Clara that she never has time or space to herself, which makes her feel grumpy. As a solution, Mami sends Clara to see a wise woman, a curandera, in apartment 220 for help. The curandera assigns the girl three difficult tasks to perform. Each of these tasks helps Clara to learn that doing good things for others keeps her too busy to be grumpy. Award winning Brown has captured the trials of being a middle child in a large, Latino family. Muraida’s bright, crayon illustrations compliment the story and add some cultural flavor depicted in the home of the curandera. Recommended.
Clara and the Curandera/Clara y la curandera. By Monica Brown. Illus.by Thelma Muraida. Houston, TX: Pinata Books, 2011. Unpaged. $16.95 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-1-55885-700-1. Grades K-3. Bilingual English and Spanish.