A Doll for Navidades

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Renowned Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago remembers a poignant Christmas from her childhood in this heartwarming story of giving and understanding.

Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she ...

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Overview


Renowned Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago remembers a poignant Christmas from her childhood in this heartwarming story of giving and understanding.

Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her.

Esmeralda Santiago's resonant prose and Enrique Sanchez's vibrant illustrations make for a heartwarming tale to share with all children.

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SLJ 10/05
SANTIAGO, Esmeralda. A Doll for Navi­dades. illus. by Enrique O. Sánchez. un­paged. CIP. Scholastic. Oct. 2005. RTE $16.99. ISBN 0-439-55398-9. LC 2004019193.
K-Gr 3–Seven-year-old Esmeralda wants a doll so much that she even goes to the trouble of writing to the Three Magi with her request. Her little sister also wants a baby doll, and Esmeralda grudgingly writes a letter for her as well. However, on Three Kings' Day, Delsa gets the coveted doll, while Esmeralda ends up with a game. The Magi must have only had one doll left, her Papi explains, and they know she is a big girl who would understand better than Delsa. Santiago's autobiographical tale is both a universal story of holiday disappointment and a rich, sensory portrait of a family celebration in Puerto Rico, filled with glorious tastes and colors and smells. Sánchez's acrylic-on-canvas paintings add to the exotic flavor and the familiarity of the large family, though the subdued colors will make sharing with a large group difficult. A fine addition to collections in which books about Three Kings' Day are in demand.–M. A.

PW 9/26/05
Caribbean breezes, not swirling snow, waft through this autobiographical picture book (adapted from a previously published essay) set on the sunny, lush island of Puerto Rico. Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican ) recalls childhood memories and cultural traditions as a seven-year-old girl who, more than anything, wants a doll for El Da de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day, celebrated January 6). The warm bonds of family radiate in Sanchez's velvety acrylics, and readers can almost hear the parrandas (carolers) singing in the night. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

Booklist 11/1/05
Santiago, Esmeralda. A Doll for Navidades. Illus. by Enrique O. Sanchez. Oct. 2005. 32p. Scholastic, $16.99 (0-439-55398-9).
K–Gr. 2. In her first picture book, the acclaimed author of When I Was Puerto Rican (1993) and other adult memoirs draws on her Christmas memories to tell a moving story. Sánchez's clear, bright, double-page acrylic artwork shows Esmeralda, sever, and her poor Puerto Rican family celebrating the traditional holiday and attending Misa de Gallo (midnight mass) on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve). Santiago writes to los Tres Reyes Magos (the three Magi) to bring her a baby doll like her cousin's (white, “with blue eyes that close). When Santiago's little sister, Delsa, gets the doll instead, Santiago is furious. When her father explains that the Magi could bring only one doll, she sees his sadness and love, and she agrees to be the doll's madrina (godmother). The jealousy, sadness, and love in the midst of real family struggle make a great holiday story. ––Hazel Rochman

Kirkus 11/1/05
A DOLL FOR NAVIDADES
Author: Santiago, Esmeralda

Review Date: NOVEMBER 01, 2005
Publisher:Scholastic
Pages: 32
Price (hardback): $16.99
Publication Date: 10/1/2005 0:00:00
ISBN: 0-439-55398-9
ISBN (hardback): 0-439-55398-9
Category: CHILDREN'S
This touching story of a little girl's unfulfilled dream is based on an event in the author's own childhood in Puerto Rico. The main character, seven-year-old Esmeralda, has no doll of her own and longs for a blonde, blue-eyed baby doll just like one owned by her cousin. Esmeralda and her large family celebrate all the traditions and special customs of the season, and the children each look forward to receiving one special gift to be left by the Three Magi. Esmeralda and her younger sister Delsa each ask for a doll, but only Delsa receives the longed-for baby doll, while Esmeralda receives a board game that doesn't interest her. Her heartbreak at this disappointment and her subsequent jealous reaction is palpably captured in both text and illustrations, conveying the intensity of a child's unguarded emotions. The first-person text un

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Caribbean breezes, not swirling snow, waft through this autobiographical picture book (adapted from a previously published essay) set on the sunny, lush island of Puerto Rico. Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican) recalls childhood memories and cultural traditions as a seven-year-old girl who, more than anything, wants a doll for El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day, celebrated January 6). The warm bonds of family radiate in Sanchez's velvety acrylics, and readers can almost hear the parrandas (carolers) singing in the night. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Esmeralda Santiago's memories of Christmas in Puerto Rico, especially the year she was seven, are perfectly paired with Enrique Sanchez's warm, colorful acrylic works on canvas. The traditions of the season—from strolling carolers through special treats to Three Kings' Day—are naturally woven through the story, which centers on Esmeralda's aching desire for a doll just like her cousin Jenny's. The children place their shoes under the bed, filled with tender leaves of grass for the Magi's camels. Esmeralda stirs in the night while the Magi leave their presents. In the morning, there is some disappointment, but the traditions of love and beauty continue. This book is a lovely addition to anyone's library of Christmas books, especially in areas where Christmas does not mean snow and sledding. It would be an excellent resource for cross-cultural lessons on holiday traditions, especially as it does not present the traditions as dry facts but as part of the fabric of life. A Spanish word glossary with pronunciation guide appears in the back matter. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
Kirkus Reviews
This touching story of a little girl's unfulfilled dream is based on an event in the author's own childhood in Puerto Rico. The main character, seven-year-old Esmeralda, has no doll of her own and longs for a blonde, blue-eyed baby doll just like one owned by her cousin. Esmeralda and her large family celebrate all the traditions and special customs of the season, and the children each look forward to receiving one special gift to be left by the Three Magi. Esmeralda and her younger sister Delsa each ask for a doll, but only Delsa receives the longed-for baby doll, while Esmeralda receives a board game that doesn't interest her. Her heartbreak at this disappointment and her subsequent jealous reaction is palpably captured in both text and illustrations, conveying the intensity of a child's unguarded emotions. The first-person text unfolds smoothly and lyrically, with a few Spanish words for key phrases, family members and holiday names interwoven within context. Esmeralda's world comes to life in the acrylic paintings by Sanchez, who captures the little girl's facial expressions with heart-tugging immediacy. (author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439553988
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda Santiago is renowned for her adult memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover. The eldest of eleven children, she spent her childhood in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York in 1961 with her mother and siblings, at the age of thirteen. Esmeralda was once trained as an actress, includes Archie comics as one of her influences, and has attended Harvard University.

Her newest Scholastic title, A Doll for Navidades, is her first book for children. A Doll for Navidades tells the story of a house that smells of cinnamon and coconut, where music fills the air, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all of the children. Little Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: She experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her. The Spanish translation, Una Muneca Para El Dia De Reyes, will be published simultaneously.

Esmeralda lives in Katonah, New York with her husband and children.

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