This children’s alphabet book transports young readers down the mighty Rio Grande River into the heart of Southern Texas—the Rio Grande Valley. Through rhyming text and vivid illustrations, this ABC book brings to life the sights and sounds of the Rio Grande Valley on every page, from the flight of the aplomado falcon to the ride of Antonio Zapata and everything in between. Steeped in tradition at the crossroads between the United States and Mexico, the Valley’s residents have established a unique way of life, honoring their past and reaching for their future.
In addition to the shared history of Texas and Mexican battles and triumphs, author Rickey Pittman details daily life in the Magic Valley, displaying the delight of a daughter’s quinceañera and the spirit of mariachi music. Illustrator Julie Dupré Buckner captures the hues of Valley life, from the bright butterflies gracing the grasslands to the clear night sky shining with stars. The book also contains a glossary of terms and detailed map to help place the people and the locations in context. The history and the heart of the Valley and its inhabitants, both human and animal, fill every page of this informative and essential picture book.