and now Miguel Author:Joseph Krumgold Withdrawn from school library — This is the story of Migue - Miguel Chavez - who held in his heart a secret wish and yearned to go with the men of his family to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He lives near Taos, New Mexico, where the members of the Chavez family have lived on a sheep-raising farm for many generations. They have guarded their she... more »ep from the weather, sickness, and wild animals. Each week presents a new kind of danger to the flock, and it is the job of the men of the family to protect it.« less
I read this book with my son when he was nine. It's the only chapter book that we read, just the two of us. That was 12 years ago, and I still cherish the memory of the special time that we shared over this wonderful, inspiring story. It is a "coming of age" story of a young boy who desperately wants to be counted among the men of his family, of his village. Eager to grow into his manhood in all the most honorable ways, he inspires us on every page with his eagerness, dedication, willingness to work hard and to sacrifice. I can't recommend this book highly enough to the mothers of young sons who yearn for the day when they can step into their "man" shoes.