My Abuelita was known for telling tall tales, but one intriguing family story was too fantastic to believe. It depicted the Mexican Revolution and my great-grandmother’s poor peasant family escaping its wrath. It told of a race across the desert, north towards the Rio Grande and a plea to cross to the safety of the United States. Had this really occurred, or had our family tale been stretched after each retelling? Over forty books of the greatest historical works on the Mexican Revolution couldn’t give me an answer, but one source invited me to witness the event.
Dobbs, Alda P., "Barefoot Dreams: Unearthing Details of an Old Family Story" (2022). 2022 Children's Book Festival Live Sessions. 1.