Mateo's mother was the finest potter in all of Mexico, and he dreamed of someday being just like her. But alas, all he seemed to be able to make was trouble. Inspired by Panchita, an admirable horse, Mateo sought to immortalize her in clay. After one failure, his second attempt proved a huge success, and Mateo was well on his way toward achieving his goal. Clear type and vocabulary will appeal to the 6 to 8 year old group for whom the book is intended. Children may also find the descriptions of pottery making instructive since may second and third graders attempt this activity. The author, having visited Mexico, captures the flavor of the Mexican family scene, and manages, in English, to preserve the rhythm of the Spanish language.