Skip to product information
1 of 1

Scholastic Press

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter

Regular price $19.99 USD
Regular price Sale price $19.99 USD
Sale Sold out


Author: Aida Salazar

Illustrated: Molly Mendoza 


Page Count: 48


Published: March 7, 2023


ISBN: 9781338283419


The remarkable true story of Jovita Valdovinos, a Mexican revolutionary who disguised herself as a man to fight for her rights!


Jovita dreamed of wearing pants! She hated the big skirts Abuela made her wear. She wanted to scale the tallest mesquite tree on her rancho, ride her horse, and feel the wind curl her face into a smile


When her father and brothers joined the Cristero War to fight for religious freedom, Jovita wanted to go, too. Forbidden, she defied her father’s rules – and society’s – and found a clever way to become a trailblazing revolutionary, wearing pants!


This remarkable true story about a little-known maverick Mexican heroine is brought vividly to life by her great-niece and Américas Award–winner Aida Salazar, and Eisner Award–honoree Molly Mendoza.


* “A young Mexican freedom fighter proves that traditional gender roles aren’t important—heart is. Gracefully told, with deft use of figurative language, the story is mesmerizing . . . focusing on one incredibly relatable, resolute individual. The illustrations are replete with vivid hues and bold brushstrokes that convey energy and movement. Bravery and determination prevail in this inspiring tale of unconventional leadership.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


* “A gorgeous picture book about a groundbreaking woman who fought for gender equality and made a mark on Mexican history. . . . This telling hits the perfect balance of lively and lyrical, giving readers the sense that this larger-than-life legend is worthy of awe and celebration. The empowering message that young people should cast gender-limiting stereotypes and barriers aside to do what’s right will feel revelatory for ­readers. ­Mendoza’s magnificent artwork . . . perfectly match[es] Valdovinos’s sweeping story. Readers will be able to feel the wind on their faces as she gallops on her horse and accomplishes great feats.” — School Library Journal, starred review


* “Salazar’s exquisite prose shows how these clandestine escapades enriched and strengthened Valdovinos. . . . The book deftly captures Valdovinos’ dynamic metamorphosis into a warrior in a series of stunning spreads. . . . Mendoza’s illustrations are a whirlwind of color and energy.” — BookPage, starred review


“The illustrations are bold, dramatic, and dynamic, featuring fiery and colorful drawings which complement the text well. Young readers will be captivated by Jovita's actions and the story of her life. . . . This is an exciting adventure story and will make for a good read aloud for Women's History Month or a study of Mexican history.” — School Library Connection, recommended


“Painterly brushwork in Mendoza’s ink and digital illustrations emphasizes boldness and movement with strong colors that swirl and blend together, accompanying poetic text.” — Publishers Weekly


Distinctions and Praise for Land of the Cranes:

2020 Américas Award Winner

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book

New York Public Library's Best Books of 2020

Northern California Book Award Finalist

California Library Association -- Beatty Award Winner

Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book

Rise: A Feminist Book Project List


* "Powerful... lyrical... soaring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"Some books are beautifully written. Others are vitally important. Land of the Cranes is both. Quite simply, a must-read." -- Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Single Shard


"Aida Salazar is one of the most important new voices in children's literature. Land of the Cranes is a novel that uplifts, empowers, and soars. This book belongs in every classroom." -- Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Award-winning author of Hello, Universe


"In a time of chaos, Land of the Cranes rises above the clouds of confusion and sings a skillful, migratory song; its sorrowful lament, a tearful message—Awaken! Awaken! Let love lead to change." -- Guadalupe García McCall, Pura Belpré Award Winner of Under the Mesquite


"Aida Salazar takes heartache and despair and is able to weave a lyrical narrative that confronts one of the greatest human rights violations on U.S. soil in recent memory." -- Isabel Quintero, author of Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book My Papi Has a Motorcycle

View full details