Josefina Learns a Lesson
One of the dangers of the time (and still today) is sudden flooding. In New Mexico that's rare, but it does happen and in this case a bad storm comes along and it ends up drowning lots of the family's sheep.
Josefina and the other girls come up with a plan whereby they will make blankets on looms and then give them to their father who will trade the blankets for new sheep, giving them a chance to rebuild their stock.
A second storyline involves one of the girl's feelings towards Tia Dolores and a feeling that she is sort of taking the place of their mother and there's some resentment there. That creates an upsetting situation for Josefina.
There's also an interesting historical section with some information on the concept of being able to read at that time in history.
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