Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Books for los Reyes Magos- Wise Men

Feliz 2012. For families in Latin America, Christmas is not over yet. There is still another big celebration coming this Friday, el día de los Reyes Magos. Enjoy these books with the little ones and children of all ages.

¡Vivan Los Reyes Magos! by Lori Marie Carlson. Illustrated by Ed Martinez.

Three Kings' Day, or Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6th by children in Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Combining traditions from different Hispanic communities, this story, illustrated with luminous oil paintings, follows a young Latino girl and her two older brothers as they celebrate this joyous day. A Hispanic family enjoys the traditional celebration of El Dia  de los Reyes, or Epiphany, by reenacting the long walk of the three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus.

Humphrey's First Christmas written and illustrated by Carol Heyer.

We have all hear the story of the three wise men, who brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the imaginative story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. This story reminds readers of the importance of Christmas and the true meaning of gift-giving.

 Los Reyes Magos de Oriente by Lluis Farre. Illustrated by Merce Canals. Adapted by Carmen Gil.

With rhyming text and lively illustrations, this pop-up book presents one of the most popular biblical stories among children—the voyage of the three kings to Bethlehem to worship baby Jesus—and will immerse young readers in the magic and traditions of Christmas.

Celebra La Navidad Y El Dia De Los Reyes Magos Con Pablo Y Carlitos / Celebrate Christmas and Three Kings Day With Pablo and by F. Isabel Campoy Isabel and Alma Flor Ada. Illustrated by Walter Torres.

Brothers Pablo and Carlitos write letters to the three kings, telling them the gifts they want to receive on Three Kings' Day. Includes facts about Christmas and Three Kings' Day.

 ¡Ya llegan los Reyes Magos! by Georgina Lázaro, Illustrated by Morella Fuenmayor.

This beautifully illustrated poem voices the excitement of Three Kings' Day from a child's perspective. Each verse explores the emotions, traditions, delicacies, and activities of a holiday widely celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Children who already love Three Kings' Day and those who are discovering the holiday for the first time will delight in these rhyming verses.

 The Visit of the Wise Men by Martha Jander. Illustrated by Lin Wang.

Through gentle verse and rich illustrations, children hear an accurate portrayal of the Magi, dispelling misunderstandings that put three Wise Men at Jesus birthplace.

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