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School Library Journal
The traditions of Mexico at Christmas are warmly presented through songs woven together by a personal narrative. Twelve familiar Christmas songs are sung in English and in Spanish, and nine Mexican Christmas tunes are sung in Spanish. To introduce each group of songs, a Spanish-speaking narrator relates short stories about Christmas customs based on his childhood in Mexico. The Christmas songs with familiar tunes but somewhat modern renditions are clearly sung by a children's choir and two adults, with instrumental accompaniment. The book includes English and Spanish lyrics for the familiar songs, Spanish lyrics only for the Mexican tunes, and narratives accompanied by warmly colored illustrations. Although the translations for the songs are not always literal, the clear diction of the narrator and singers makes this an enjoyable way to reinforce Spanish-language learning.
—Teresa WittmannCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.