The Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Amy Córdova and Eugene Gollogly
Hardcover, large format, dustjacketed
Illustrated by Amy Córdova
I very much like the way this story is told. There is a gentleness that is lovely when paired with its deep respect for and understanding of the pre-Columbian peoples and their lives and beliefs. In addition to giving us a New World saint story to share with our children (especially in Waldorf 2nd Grade), Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses warms the heart by uniting the worlds of the indigenous population with those of the Western explorers and missionaries. Through this telling of the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, it is possible to see a very wide rift begin to heal. I can’t think of anything better for todays children than the spirit this book evokes.
I also want to add that for me, it doesn’t matter whether Juan Diego’s tilma was painted directly by the hand of God or whether it was painted by a human being wanting to share a vision with the world. That isn’t the real miracle of Guadalupe, at least not to my mind. The evident miracle of Guadalupe is the millions of hearts that have been inspired toward goodness by her story and their connecting with her through her message. For me, Talking Eagle and the Lady of the Roses brings this message to life with love.
Highly recommended for ages 8 and older.