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Anita of Rancho del Mar

O'Brien, Elaine F.

Editore: Fithian Press, 1991
ISBN 10: 0931832799 / ISBN 13: 9780931832796
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Titolo: Anita of Rancho del Mar

Casa editrice: Fithian Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1991

Legatura: Soft cover

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Riassunto: Depicts life on a Spanish land-grant ranch in California in the 1830s through the adventures of young Anita and the Lorenzana family.


Southern California in the 1830s was an exciting place to grow up, especially for an independent, feisty twelve-year-old girl named Ana Mar'a Magdelena Dolores Lorenzana y Toral--or Anita, as she was known to her family. Anita and her family (her parents, aunt, sister, and four brothers) lived on a rancho near Mission San Buenaventura, in what is now Ventura County, on the South Central Coast of California. That was a period of adventure and intrigue, a time of bandits and vaqueros, and the meeting of different cultures: Mexican, Chumash Indian, and "Yankee." It was also a time of joyous fiestas and the pleasures sorrows of domestic family life much as we know them today.

Anita is the high-spirited heroine of Anita of Rancho Del Mar, a new historical novel for young people, written by Elaine F. O'Brien, a retired Spanish teacher and a docent at the Ventura County Museum of History and Art. As the story begins, young Anita and her brother Tonio notice a grass fire as they ride their horses on the land of their family's rancho. In putting out the fire, they evidence of strangers camping on their land, including a map of the rancho. When they show the map to their father, they get the first inkling of trouble, and the plot is off and running. In an action-packed tale that will keep young readers turning page after page, Anita gallops to escape strange horseman, is temporarily charmed by a smooth-talking villain, sees her father robbed at gunpoint, finds an orphaned Chumash baby, drives off an angry cougar, discovers gold, sails to San Diego on a Yankee brig, dances at fiestas, humiliates a supercilious rival, shares family grief at the loss of a brother, and faces a bandit's threatening pistol. These are only a few of the spunky girl's escapades, all of which match her quick wit against a world of danger and delight.

Painstakingly researched, Anita of Rancho Del Mar is as educational as it is exciting. Young readers will absorb California history and geography as they follow Anita on her adventures. They will learn about Indian cave paintings, Spanish adobes, sailing ships, and the songs, dances, and games of people who lived more than a century and a half ago. The book, set in the period shortly following Mexican independence from Spain, is full of the flavor of Hispanic heritage, and a glossary at the back of the book explains all the Spanish terms used. The book also contains two maps, as well as twelve entertaining and historically accurate illustrations by Santa Barbara artist Francine Rudesill. Designed especially for middle-grade-level readers, Anita of Rancho Del Mar fits well as supplementary reading into the California State curriculum on California history, as well as emphasizing the value of family life and personal responsibility. Primarily, though, the novel is meant to be enjoyed as a good yarn, by readers of all ages.

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