Farolitos for Abuelo

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Luz carries on her grandfather's tradition of gardening in order to keep his memory alive. During her first Christmas without him, she carries on the tradition of lighting farolitos in his honor. Warm, color illustrations and a heartfelt tale portray the pain of loss and the joy of remembrance. 32 p.

When Luz's beloved grandfather dies, she places luminaria around his grave on Christmas Eve as a way of remembering him.

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Luz carries on her grandfather's tradition of gardening in order to keep his memory alive. During her first Christmas without him, she carries on the tradition of lighting farolitos in his honor. Warm, color illustrations and a heartfelt tale portray the pain of loss and the joy of remembrance. 32 p.

When Luz's beloved grandfather dies, she places luminaria around his grave on Christmas Eve as a way of remembering him.

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Rolph Blythe
Anaya'a book, with its simple message and beautiful illustrations, encourages children of all ages to discover creative ways of employing old traditions to honor the living world around them.
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Luz and her beloved grandfather (The Farolitos of Christmas, 1995), or abuelo, return in the somber family story set in New Mexico. The two of them enjoy working on Luz's homework, planning a garden, and going fishing. One spring day while they are fishing, a young boy falls into the stream and Luz's grandfather must jump in to rescue him. He saves the boy, but catches a chill, gets pneumonia, and dies. Luz mourns him, and at Christmas time asks if she can take farolitos (paper bags with lighted candles set inside) to the cemetery to place around his grave. It launches a new tradition, complete with Christmas carols, in a joyful remembering of the dead. The story, though not as lyrical as the original, is readable and appealing. Gonzales provides flat, rather stiff portraits of the people of Luz's village that can render dramatic scenes—e.g., the rescue—frozen. In other paintings, however, the stillness adds a kind of haunting beauty, as in the scenes in the cemetery, where the blue ground is lit by the glowing farolitos. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786802371
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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