Downthe Rio Grande
I enjoyed the story. It was exciting and adventurous. It was about a girl named Rosita who feels unappreciated, so she runs away. Her stepsister Maria (whom she doesn't like) follows her onto a boat and they end up going down the Rio Grande. While on the boat, Maria and Rosita become friends. Also while on the boat, someone comes by and asks if they've seen Rosita and Maria and said that their father was ill because he missed them so much. The guy who finds them gets a reward, so the captain of the boat decided to lock them in a room to try to get more money out of the father. But the girls had a plan. They would carve their way out through the roof of the boat and climb out and be free. Only things went wrong. Rosita had Maria climb down first and Maria fell into th efast rushing water. Rosita jumped into the water to find her but she couldn't, so she went up onto the shore, upset because she might never see her sister again, so she started singing. After a while, Maria came through the trees. Maria said she heard the singing while in the water and that gave her the strength to get out and find her. They were very happy as they started walking the long walk home.