Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid

Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid

by Xavier Garza
     
 

“Even Santa Claus sends the jobs he is unable or unwilling to do to Mexico...in this colorful storybook by local author-illustrator Xavier Garza...The simple South Texas Christmas tale is printed in both English and Spanish, allowing for several different bilingual reading opportunities...Charro Claus is the perfect gift for the children of your Minute Men

Overview

“Even Santa Claus sends the jobs he is unable or unwilling to do to Mexico...in this colorful storybook by local author-illustrator Xavier Garza...The simple South Texas Christmas tale is printed in both English and Spanish, allowing for several different bilingual reading opportunities...Charro Claus is the perfect gift for the children of your Minute Men relatives.” —San Antonio Current, Nov. 19, 2008

Let’s welcome Santa’s newest helper: his cousin Pancho, a farmer living down in South Texas who is so smart he speaks both Spanish and English. Back in the day, Pancho was a mariachi singer with a whole lot of style and a fancy sombrero. But as the years passed, Pancho got, well, a little older and a little wider all around. Then one night his primo Santa Claus showed up. Santa needed some help along the US/Mexico border. Pancho volunteered. And then, poof, Santa transformed Pancho into the resplendent Charro Claus with his incredible Flying Burritos. And Charro Claus, it turns out, even had his own surprise elf—his nephew Vincente!

All Christmas Eve, Vincente and Pancho deliver toys to the boys and girls on the border. Neither rain, cloudy skies, wire fences, or concrete walls keep them from covering every inch of their newly assigned territory. And they don’t forget a single town or city. How could they? The border is their home.

A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, teacher, and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona, and Washington State. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of five books. His book Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book in 2012.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Garza’s original text and bold, full-page illustrations will surely pull readers into the excitement of this new 'border' story. A wonderful acquisition." — Críticas

"The full-spread paintings are bright and energetic … A cheerful purchase." — School Library Journal

"Charro Claus is the perfect gift for the children of your Minute Men relatives." — San Antonio Current

"Bold, stylized cartoon-like illustrations help this creative author/illustrator tell the story of Santa Claus' Mexican cousin—telling it in both English and Spanish." —Children's Literature

"[This] bilingual retelling of the Santa Claus myth with a South Texas twist, brought vividly to life by Garza's colorful, expressive drawings." —San Antonio Express-News book blog

"This fascinating story reflects small-town Texas life and the magic of the holiday season." —Tucson Citizen

"This charming story will be embraced by children who do not see their lieves reflected in the traditional snowy Santa tales. Recommended."—REFORMA Newsletter

Criticas

Gr 2-5

Vincent is spending Christmas Eve with his Tío Pancho; a retired mariachi singer who lives on an old farm near the border between Texas and Mexico. When Santa Claus arrives at the farmhouse looking for his cousin, Vincent is stunned to learn that his uncle is the jolly one's relative. His surprise only increases as he witnesses Santa transform his uncle into his helper, Charro Claus. Santa's magic powers also enable Pancho's old wagon and burros to fly him back and forth along the border; a border that he considers his home, and on this magic night, neither weather nor walls will keep him from delivering presents to children. Wanting to be part of the adventure, Vincent hides inside the magic sack of presents, not realizing that this act will turn him into another one of Santa's helpers. Garza's original text and bold, full-page illustrations will surely pull readers into the excitement of this new "border" story. A wonderful acquisition for elementary and public libraries, as well as bookstores looking to enhance their bilingual Christmas offerings.Betsy Duarte Shepard, Wakefield Middle School, Tucson, AZ

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Bold, stylized cartoon-like illustrations help this creative author/illustrator tell the story of Santa Claus' Mexican cousin—telling it in both English and Spanish. On Christmas Eve, Vincent and his uncle, Pancho, hear something on the roof. Vincent creeps out to see who is talking to his uncle and is surprised to see Santa Claus. We watch along with Vincent as Santa Claus greets Tio Pancho warmly and asks for his help. Santa needs someone to get all of the toys delivered along the Texas/Mexico border so he enlists Pancho. In a Fairy Godmother-like move Santa transforms Pancho into Charro Claus and turns Pancho's broken-down wagon into a "… a brand new wagon, as white as the clouds." Of course, the little burros are transformed in the "Flying Burritos!" With the wagon packed with the magical sack and the flying burritos at the ready, Charro Claus prepares to take off on his toy delivering mission. Vincent decides that he wants to go along and hops into the magical sack just before the wagon flies off into the sky. At the very first house, Charro Claus discovers his nephew hiding in the magical sack just as a young girl comes into the room proclaiming "You are not Santa Claus!" Tio Pancho is greatly relieved when his nephew tells the girl that this is Charro Claus, Santa's Mexican cousin. Delighted with this idea the little girl goes to sleep. Charro Claus decides that he needs Vincent's help and transforms him into the Tejas Kid. The last double spread shows the Tejas Kid riding the lead burro and calling out "Andale, Rigo! Go, Jaime! C'mon, Freddie! Dale gaaaaaas, Little Joe! Step on it!" The back matter includes a long note from the author discussing the foundations for thestory, including his own childhood experiences, and a picture of his own son, Vincent, the model for the Tejas Kid. The author wrote both the English and Spanish versions of the story that appear together on each page. This will be especially useful in bilingual homes or classes. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Vincent, a young Texan, is spending Christmas Eve on his uncle's farm near the Mexican border. When Santa shows up and asks Tío Pancho to help him out, he uses magic dust to transform an old mariachi outfit into a gold-and-silver sequined marvel and his old burros into lucha libre masked Flying Burritos. Vincent tags along, helping "Charro Claus" deliver presents along the border. The text is in English and Spanish, and occasional Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the English version, but there is no pronunciation guide or glossary. The full-spread paintings are bright and energetic, depicting a brunette-bearded and caped Tío Pancho and brown-eyed Vincent enthusiastically distributing toys. A cheerful, if additional, purchase.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933693248
Publisher:
Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,230,395
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington.

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