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Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter

Jovita dreamed of wearing pants like her brothers, Ramón and Luciano. She hated the way the big skirts that Abuela made her wear tangled around her legs as she scaled the tallest mesquite tree in Rancho Palos Blancos. She wanted to ride her horse Morongo and feel the wind curl her face into a smile. When her father and brothers joined the Cristeros War to fight for the right to practice religion freely, she wanted to help. Though she wasn’t allowed to fight, that didn’t stop her from learning the terrain and observing how her father strategized.

Then tragedy struck, compelling Jovita to cut her hair, put on pants, and continue the fight. Disguised as a man, she commanded a battalion who followed her without question. This is the remarkable true story of Jovita Valdovinos, a Mexican revolutionary who disguised herself as a man to fight for her rights, told by her great niece, award-winning author, Aida Salazar!

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Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Aida Salazar
Illustrator Molly Mendoza
ISBN 1338283413
Publication Date Mar 1, 2023
Publisher Scholastic Press
Language English