Lupita is excited about dancing La Raspa, a Mexican folk dance, with her first-grade class at a celebration of Children's Day, El Día de los Niños, but just before the performance her partner, Ernesto, sprains his ankle.
After enjoying a blended fruit drink called aguas frescas during a festival celebrating Mexico's independence, seven-year-old Alicia and her mother make their own at home, then invite Alicia's soccer team over to try them.
Ten-year-old Elena sets up a snow cone stand in front of her house, and when her friend Alma sets up a stand of her own, it creates an ever-escalating competition between the two girls to see who can outdo the other.
When a violent thunderstorm knocks down the giant mesquite tree in the town square, some of the villagers see it as only worth firewood. The woodcutter, however, sees it as material for carving a beautiful gift for the children of the town.