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Children's LiteratureThe straightforward text with many colorful illustrations introduces readers to this Mexican and now Mexican-American holiday. On May 5th Mexicans celebrate their pride in their country, heritage. and freedom. This book points out that the Mexicans, once free from Spain, were not really a united country and they ended up in a war with the United States. They also owed money to many countries including France. Napoleon III wanted his payment and he wanted to control Mexico. A war began and General Zaragonza and his army stopped the French at Puebla. The Mexicans won that day against very great odds. There is even a picture of a modern reenactment of the battle of Puebla. At the end of the book is a glossary, index and a list of three more books to read. While this book appears to be very simple, it actually provides a better understanding of the political situation than many of the others about Cinco de Mayo that are aimed at young readers. It is a good choice for a library and can be supplemented with one or more of the other books about the holiday to get a fuller picture. 2003, Heineman Library, Ages 6 to 9.