Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feliz Navidad

Written by Jose Feliciano
Illustrated by David Diaz

"Feliz Navidad" is a bilingual song in Spanish and English--a perfect accompaniment to this book that teaches children about both a typical Caribbean parranda and a traditional winter Christmas feast in a fun, flip book format!

Join the parranda--a Christmas caroling party with traditional songs, instruments, and lots of delicious food! Children will learn about this typical Caribbean celebration, where family, friends, and musicians surprise their neighbors with nighttime caroling, travel from house to house gathering more and more guests, and end the festivities with an outdoor cookout!

Jose Feliciano was born on September 10, 1945 in Puerto Rico and moved to New York at age five. Being born blind never slowed this self-taught musician down. Feliciano is a six-time Grammy Award winner with 45 gold and platinum records. He is the recipient of Billboard's 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ricardo Montalban Lifetime Achievement Award. Feliciano wrote the lyrics for "Feliz Navidad" (released in 1968) when he was homesick for his native Puerto Rico.

David Diaz is the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal for SMOKY NIGHT, written by Eve Bunting. Diaz has been an illustrator for fifteen years serving such clients as American Express, PepsiCo, and Benetton. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the Washington Post. He developed his bold art style after a trip down the Amazon in Brazil. He has illustrated many books for children, including GOING HOME and THE INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE. Diaz lives in California with his wife and three children.

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