Wednesday, December 20, 2017

La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story

Written by Antonio Sacre
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Age Range: 5 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810989670
ISBN-13: 978-0810989672

Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their traditions—the intricate cooking for the feast, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbors. It all comes together for a Noche Buena that Nina will never forget.

Antonio Sacre and Angela Dominguez have created a wonderful story that everyone who celebrates Christmas will enjoy. The book includes a glossary of Spanish words.


Dominguez's bright acrylics convey calm and joy, while Sacre's visceral prose captures the voice of a child gaining assurance, as well as the kindness and mutual respect of a loving extended family. –Publisher Weekly

A warm bit of holiday diversity. Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library - School Library Journal

A memorable celebration, equally suited to reading alone or aloud, and rich in joyful, intimate family feeling. Grades 2-4. --John Peters- Booklist

Antonio Sacre is a Cuban-American writer, storyteller, and performance artist. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit him online at

Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City and lives in northern California. She illustrated Ava Tree and the Wishes Three and Carmen Learns English. Visit her online at

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