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Our readers write from Northern California

(Editor's note: The stories below were written by students in Lorraine Ruston's Napa Valley College ESL class, Calistoga site. In the class students read "Stories from Mexico" a dual-language reader by Genevieve Barlow and William N. Stivers. )

My favorite story - Who is Wise?

by Dinora Valencia

Certainly the story that I liked from "Stories from Mexico" was "Who is Wise?" Because all this time of my experiences I had never heard the reason of that popular phrase, "The donkey knows more than you."

When I was a child in school it was very popular to hear it, especially when someone in class was wrong, someone would say in a low voice, "Donkeys know more than you." But I never imagined that it would come from something so funny. Personally, I didn't like the children to say the phrase because I didn't like them to make fun of someone.

And now that I have read this story, I understand that several phrases have resulted as a result of some story behind them; they might be funny, sad, etc. And this story tells us that great scientists cannot always know what nature gives us.

My favorite story - "The House of Tiles"

by Marycruz Garcia

My favorite story was "The House of Tiles" because the story says that Louis was lazy and selfish but one day he decided to change his behavior. This teaches me that if you really want to change, you can do it and if you want something you can achieve it, working hard and with enthusiasm.

My favorite story - "The Virgin of Guadalupe"

by Isabel Ayala

This is my favorite story because it is a miraculous story and the proof is in the Basilica of Guadalupe.