Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two More Books for Navidad

Today I present two more books for navidad. Enjoy them and feliz navidad y año nuevo 2011.

To view the previous lists of books for navidad, click on the year.

A Doll for Navidades 

By Esmeralda Santiago. 
Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez.

Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her. Esmeralda Santiago's resonant prose and Enrique Sanchez's vibrant illustrations make for a heartwarming tale to share with all children.

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belen
El mejor regalo del mundo: La leyenda de la Vieja Belén

By Julia Alvárez. 
Illustrated by Ruddy Nuñez.

Renowned Latina author Julia Alvárez recreates the legend of Dominican folk character La Vieja Belén in this delightful bilingual rhyming story, beautifully illustrated by Dominican artist Ruddy Nuñez. This bilingual picture book is an original story about the Dominican folk character who delivers toys to poor children in the Dominican Republic the week after Three Kings Day. Alvarez's retelling keeps the magic of the traditional account while contributing a down-to-earth, timely moral: "Of all the gifts you can give, your time is the best."

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