A poignant story of a little Mexican boy who is determined to keep his tiny family intact in the face of many misfortunes. Despite the shortage of food and clothing, one of Mario's secret wishes is for a pair of golden earrings for his two year old sister Celia- in the manner of village custom. His widowed mother's sudden disappearance, however, soon gives Mario more pressing problems. Under no conditions will he allow the Orphan School to separate him from Celia. Luckily mother returns, her leg bandaged from an automobile accident, but her arms and pockets filled with many marvelous compensations, including the treasured pair of golden earrings. Though the story is largely dependent on illustrations not yet seen, (sepia half-tones), its poetic quality, its reflection of Mexican village poverty and pride along with the inevitable acceptance of death give the text unusual value.