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Cricket Goes South of the Border

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S: Cricket Goes South of the Border Mia Rogers

BC: Author Mia Rogers, was born in Gary, Indiana and received a B.A. in Spanish and Theatre/Drama from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She believes that all her years working in project and logistics management allow her to appreciate God's true plan for her; working as a substitute teacher and writing children's books. She finds great joy working with elementary school children, including exceptional needs and dual language (Spanish) classes that keep her on her toes. ''Cricket's'' adventure stories are inspired by her daughter Krista during her grade school years. They are written as seen through the big brown eyes of a delightfully curious little girl with a servant's heart and silky, chestnut colored ponytails, whose thoughts and actions are expressed through rhymes. Life is truly an endless adventure with Cricket! Mia lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her devoted husband Jim and Westies, McGillicutty and Oakley. | Illustrator, Jaime Carter, is a freelance artist and editor. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and two daughters.

FC: Cricket Goes South of the Border | Written by Mia Rogers Illustrated by Jamie Carter

1: Dedicated to my inspiration and reason for living, Krista Vera (Cricket), and my precious abuelita MariaLuisa Jarquin Audelo Copyright © 2013 Mia Rogers

2: Cricket's pink suitcase was already packed; she said, ''I think I am ready to go." | Her pop replied with equal excitement... ''We are off to old México!"

4: Cricket imagined the sights in her head where Spanish speaking people would be...

5: a far away land just south of the border, on the other side of the sea.

6: The view from the sky was splendid indeed, with many tall buildings below. !

7: The tiny pueblitos surrounded by hills appeared to be covered with snow. !

8: She said there were volcanoes and Indian maidens who slept one hundred years in a trance! | Mom spoke of pyramids and snow-capped mountains and stories of native folk dance. !

10: Cricket's ancestors lived in Oaxaca, a state known for quakes and quesillo. | Cousin of fourth great grandpa Pedro, was a man named Por-fi-ri-o. | Pedro Diaz (1844 - ?) | Sofia Diaz (1868 - ?) | Octavio Jarquin Diaz (1896 - ?) | Jacinto Jarquin (1857 -?) | Benita Audelo (1890 - ?) | Manuel Bernal (1904 - 2010) | MariaLuisa Jarquin Audelo (1920 - )

11: The valiant soldier led a battle in Puebla, known as "Cinco de Mayo" perchance. | After thirty one years as commander-in-chief, he was booted from his country to France! | Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915)

12: The highway was crowded with lots of race drivers in green little punch buggy cars. !

13: Cricket grew dizzy watching them all, and it caused her to see mucho stars!

14: The family was greeted by Cricket's abuela, the lovely Señora Maria. | Accompanying her was an uncle and aunt, who in Spanish is tío and tía.

16: Cricket decided to close her eyes and take a little siesta. | Shortly thereafter she awoke from a dream as they came upon a fiesta.

18: Cricket politely sampled the food; quesadillas, galletas and a taco. She caught a young boy stuffing treats in his pockets; her plump little primo named Paco.

20: There was some confusion about who was who with the tíos and primos, or cousins.

21: Lots of relatives and muchos amigos arrived at the house by the dozens!

22: Mariachis sang songs and played big brown guitars, led by a bonita Señorita. Guests tapped their feet to the very fast beat; Cricket laughed watching Tía Almita.

24: The family was invited on a sight-seeing trip to see ancient Indian bones.

25: The guide said the natives worshipped the sun, and made a round calendar of stones.

26: The Pyramid of the Sun appeared bigger than life; it was pointy and reached to the stars.

27: The Aztecs they say came from outer space -- perhaps the planet Mars!

28: Another adventure was the floating gardens, about an hour away. | There were flowery lanchas named "Sophia" and "Rosa” and toys for the children to play.

30: Amigos took Cricket to a colorful dance that lasted for two or three hours. | The pretty ballerinas wore hand-painted dresses and attached to their heads were big flowers!

32: The city was fun, but the country was nicer; San Miguel de Allende had trees!

33: The cactuses were many, the burritos were plenty, and Cricket had a room with a breeze.

34: Gold-filled churches and heaps of tortillas adorned the cobblestone street.

35: The first day in town known for big wooden doors had worn out Cricket's feet!

36: Mom disappeared into the mercados, to peek at the crafts and some art.

37: When she returned her basket was filled with yarn dolls that would melt your heart.

38: Cricket received lots of regalos to carry back home to the states.

39: She said muchas gracias tío and tía for the ceramic hand-painted plates.

40: Abuelo Ray gave Cricket a puppet that danced when he pulled on the strings.

41: How would the girly pack her bags to fit all these beautiful things?

42: Abuela Maria knitted ponchos and dresses for Cricket and packed her a snack. | The time had arrived to head back north; "Adiós everyone, we'll be back!"

44: Glossary Abuela (ah-boo-ay-la) grandmother Abuelo (ah-boo-ay-lo) grandfather Adiós (a-de-os) goodbye Amigo (ah-mee-go) friends Bonita (bo-nee-tah) pretty Burrito (boor-ree-to) donkey Fiesta (fe-ess-tah) party Galleta (ga-yay-tah) cookie Lancha (lahn-chah) small boat Mariachi (mah-re-ah-che) musical band Mercado (mer-cah-do) market Muchas gracias (moo-chahs) (grah-see-ahs) thank you Mucho (moo-cho) a lot Primo (pree-mo) cousin Pueblito (poo-ay-bli-to) tiny village Quesadilla (kay-sah-dee-yah) cheese filled fried tortilla Quesillo (kay-see’-yo) small cheese Regalo (ray-gah-lo) gift Señora (say-nyo-rah) Mrs. or married woman Señorita (say-nyo-ree-tah) Miss or unmarried women Siesta (se-es-tah) nap Taco (tah-co) filled tortilla Tía (tee-ah) aunt Tío (tee-o) uncle Tortilla (tor-tee-yah) thin pancake

45: The End

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