Our Lady of Guadalupe
Written by Francisco Serrano
Illustrated by Felipe Davalos
Publication Date November 27, 2010
Over 20,000 copies sold!
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious icon in the Americas. She is revered by Latinos in the United States who tattoo her image on their bodies, build altars to her in their homes and streets, and collect anything with her picture on it that they can get their hands on.
This beautiful and lavish pop-up book tells her story and that of Juan Diego, to whom she appeared on a hill in Tepeyac (the site of a former Aztec goddess's temple).
The story: The Virgin appears to Juan Diego and tells him that Tepeyac is the place where she would like her sacred house built, that she will love and help all who seek her there, and that he must relay this to the bishop. The bishop is not sure he believes Juan Diego, and asks him to return with a sign that this is true. But in the meantime Juan Diego's uncle falls gravely ill. On his way to find a priest for his uncle, Juan Diego runs past the hill, where the Virgin tells him that his uncle will be well again and to fill his cloak with flowers to show the bishop. When Juan Diego presents the flowers to the bishop, there is a beautiful image of the Virgin on the cloak. Eventually her church is built and the miraculous cloak is hung above the altar for millions of visitors to see.
Francisco Serrano is a noted Mexican poet who also writes plays, librettos and children’s books and edits literary anthologies. He is the author of The Poet King of Tezcoco (New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing), Our Lady of Guadalupe / La Virgen de Guadalupe, and La Malinche. He lives in Mexico City.
Felipe Davalos has spent most of his career illustrating archeological digs. He is highly regarded for his extraordinary skill in translating stone sculptures into beautiful and accurately observed paintings.
"This sophisticated pop-up book for ages 5 and up presents an iconic image of the Virgin that will appeal to all those who look to her as a religious, political or cultural force." Children's Bookwatch
"...this innovative, rich pop-up book is a feast for the eyes. The story of the humble Juan Diego and the miraculous image of The Virgin Mary is here retold for children in a most respectful and enriching manner. The miraculous roses bloom in a innovative example of paper pop-up engineering." Reviews from Parent Council