Chabelita shares special moments with her grandparents after her mother moves to a distant town. To keep her close by, Chabelita learns her mother's favorite poem from childhood and plans to recite it at her school's Christmas pageant. On the eve of the recital Chabelita wishes more than ever that her mother was there. And, since Christmas is a time when wishes come true, her grandparents plan a surprise for her. Argentina Palacios is a noted folklorist and Latin American storyteller who was born in Panama. Her text is enhanced by the warm and detailed oil paintings created by Lori Lohstoeter. Also available in Spanish.