When the Mission Padre Came to the Rancho: The Early California Adventures of Rosalinda and Simon Delgado

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National Geographic, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
The year is 1834, and the Delgado family owns a ranch in California, where Padre Carlos Ramsn has come to visit from Mexico. Now California is under Mexican control, but it was once the property of Spain. The padre remembers those times and shares stories of early Californian mission life with the family's children, Rosalinda and Simsn.

The children's journal and diary entries tell of their fascination with this past world. From the padre, they learn about the mission's interactions with the native Indians and hear stories of pirate invasions. Meanwhile, their present day is filled with rancho experiences such as harvest festivals and welcoming foreign visitors, along with changes associated with California preparing to become part of the United States.

Gare Thompson uses rich factual detail and an entertaining fictional story to weave a vivid image of life on the missions and ranchos of early California. Like the others in the I Am American series, When the Mission Padre Came to the Rancho is illustrated with period drawings. Also included is a glossary.

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With this historical fiction book students can learn both about the rancho period of Mexican California and also about the state's mission era. The narrative is told in three parts. The first voice is ... Read full review

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Gare Thompson has long been involved with children's books as an author and editor. He has written several of National Geographic's Science Chapters and History Chapters, including Riding with the Mail: The Story of the Pony Express, Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott Race to the South Pole, and Serengeti Journey: On Safari in Africa. To learn more, visit garethompson-writer.com or follow @ThompsonGare on Twitter.

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