Girls' Pick


On the Pampas by Maria Cristina Brusca
This is a great book to introduce children to the Pampas in Argentina (that's our current stop in the ABC World Tour). The Pampas is a very flat grassland that runs through Argentina and Uruguay for miles. Ranch animals roam the Pampas watched over by Gauchos (cowboys).
On the Pampas tells the story of a little girl who lives in Buenos Aires but visits her grandparents estancia (ranch) every summer. The little girl tells how one summer she visited and learned the ways of the gaucho, doing everything from taking care of horses to learning to lasso and even herding cattle. She learned so much about being a gaucho she earned her own rastra (gaucho belt) and a surprise for next summer!

I'd recommend this book even if you aren't learning about Argentina, it's a great story about working hard, having fun and being rewarded for it.

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