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Posted December 6, 2005
I loved The Christmas Eve Blizzard. Although I don't have kids, I think it's a good present for people (like me) who want to give a special memory to the children in their life. It's a touching story about a little boy, his 'abuelo' (grandfather), and the beautiful bird the boy finds and helps nurse back to health. The illustrations are charming. Nice addition is the section at the end to help children explore the subject a bit more. I highly recommend the book to people looking for a special book that touches on nature, family, and just a bit of magic.
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Posted May 21, 2014
This is a lovely picture book reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s books for children. The illustrations are soft, sweet, charming and beautifully drawn. The story is somewhat bilingual in that the characters, Nicholas and his Abuelo (grandpa) use Spanish words here and there. The story is in English.
It is Winter and there is a blizzard raging and it is Christmas Eve. There is a small, young apple tree in the yard which Nicholas and Aubelo have planted. Nicholas is worried about his little tree. Looking out the window he spies a fallen Cardinal and rushes out to rescue the little bird. They feed, shelter, and water the bird and the following day - Christmas - they release the bird.Then a bit of folklore style magic takes place - for many following years the apple tree is covered with Cardinals on Christmas Day.
In the back of the book, Arbordale lives up to its reputation for educational stories by factoring in some "Creative Minds" activities - Spanish and English Glossary, Teaching Trivia about birds and especially Cardinals, Making a Bird-Happy Backyard Habitat, and then a couple of pages dedicated to bird feeders.
A super book to entertain and educate. (rev. V.G)