The Farolitos of Christmas

Overview

It's Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, and young Luz worries that with her grandfather sick and her father in the hospital, wounded from the war, their usual Christmas celebration will not be. Then Luz decides to make her own little lanterns or farolitos to light the path for the oncoming celebration, and for her father, who returns home in time for the holiday. Full color.

With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the ...

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Overview

It's Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, and young Luz worries that with her grandfather sick and her father in the hospital, wounded from the war, their usual Christmas celebration will not be. Then Luz decides to make her own little lanterns or farolitos to light the path for the oncoming celebration, and for her father, who returns home in time for the holiday. Full color.

With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the traditional luminaria, Luz helps create farolitos, little lanterns, for their Christmas celebration instead.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Every Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, the residents present a play about the coming of Jesus. However, this year things are different for Luz-father has gone to war and Abuelo (grandfather) is ill and not able to cut the wood to light the luminarias (small bonfires to light the path from the road to their home). With ingenuity, Luz finds an alternative to the luminarias, father returns home from war, Abuelo recovers, and the Christmas time becomes one of joy, love, and thanksgiving. Also included is a glossary of the Spanish words used throughout the story.
Hazel Rochman
Richly colored full-page paintings show a lovingly individualized Chicano family that is part of a New Mexico community in the open landscape under the starlit winter sky. Anaya's upbeat story, first published in a magazine in 1987, focuses on Luz, a young girl whose father, wounded in World War II, hasn't come home yet. Her sick grandfather is not strong enough to cut the logs for the traditional "luminarias" (small bonfires), so Luz and her Indian friend Reina from a nearby pueblo find a way to make "farolitos" (lighted candles in paper bags weighted with sand) to light the way for the Christmas pilgrims. The Spanish words are a natural part of the narrative (they're explained in a glossary at the back), and if the plot's contrived (Dad returns home just in time), the image of the path of light is touching and beautiful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786820474
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    Great Family book!!

    When i picked up this picture book I instantly knew that just by looking at the cover the illustrations were going to be phenomenal. And i was right! Children that may has lost a grandparent can relate to this story in particular because it shows how a young girl was able to commemorate the death of her grandfather by carrying on traditions that he instilled in her. Just based on the illustrations alone the reader can clearly see that the characters in this book are family oriented. Upon flipping through the pages i came across one picture that vibrantly illustrates the relationship between a child and her father while he is sitting in a big comfy chair and she is hugging him, and another picture that appears to show siblings laughing together while they decorate the Christmas tree. I recommend this book as an excellent aid towards children dealing with a loss or for families that feel strongly about teaching happiness in remaining true to your culture and traditions.

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