On America’s Southwest frontier, nine-year-old Josefina Montoya is learning to keep memories alive while looking ahead with hope.
Josefina’s ranch is surrounded by beautiful mountains and high-desert plains. Her home provides everything her family needs: food, clothes, and shelter. But what’s missing is Mamá, whose recent death still weighs heavily on Josefina’s heart. While she tries to heal from the loss, she discovers a natural gift for healing others. She begins to embrace this new talent, taking care of the animals and people she loves.
Come along with Josefina as she adapts to a new way of life while preserving her mother’s memory.
“Josefina richly captures, conveys, and re-creates a significant time, place, and heritage in New Mexican and American history that young people seldom learn about.”
—Mr. Juan R. García, Associate Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona
Everyone’s life is marked by change, and the death of Josefina’s mother has a powerful effect or her. Through her quiet, caring demeanor, Josefina teaches girls to remain hopeful in times of sadness and to find strength in family.