Fernando's Gift /El Regalo de Fernando

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In the rain forest of Costa Rica, a boy named Fernando lives with his family in the tin-roofed house that his father has built. When Fernando finds his favorite climbing tree cut down, he learns that not everyone has respect for the beautiful forest. Full-color photos.

One day young Fernando, who lives in the rain forest of Costa Rica with his family, goes with his friend Carmina to look for her favorite climbing tree only to find ...

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Overview

In the rain forest of Costa Rica, a boy named Fernando lives with his family in the tin-roofed house that his father has built. When Fernando finds his favorite climbing tree cut down, he learns that not everyone has respect for the beautiful forest. Full-color photos.

One day young Fernando, who lives in the rain forest of Costa Rica with his family, goes with his friend Carmina to look for her favorite climbing tree only to find it cut down.

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Editorial Reviews

Ilene Cooper
Set deep in the Costa Rican rain forest, this bilingual (English and Spanish) story introduces young Fernando and his family. His mother takes care of the family, and his father tends crops and teaches people about preserving the rain forest. Fernando's best friend, Carmina, has a special cristobal tree where she likes to play, but one day, the tree is gone, cut down by those who wish to use the rain forest for their own purposes. Fernando has been unsure of what to give Carmina for her birthday, but now he has the perfect gift--a tiny cristobal tree from his father's nursery. They plant the tree in a secret spot, where the children hope it will be able to live a long life. The book is handsomely designed and features exceptionally crisp color photographs, though in several places those pictures are obviously posed. The story's message about the importance of the rain forest comes across in an accessible and child-friendly manner. Author's note appended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871564146
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/5/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,431,974
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Chico, California-based photographer Douglas Keister has photographed twenty-two award-winning, critically acclaimed books. His seventeen books on architecture include four books on Victorian homes (Daughter's of Painted Ladies, Painted Ladies Revisited, America's Painted Ladies and Victorian Glory); three books on bungalow homes (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow), a book on 1920s whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style), six books on bungalow details and Classic Cottages, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. Keister photographed and wrote an award winning children's book (Fernando's Gift), has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), a book on classic travel trailers, (Ready to Roll) and a book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in Stone: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Cemetery Symbolism, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture."

Chico, California-based photographer Douglas Keister has photographed twenty-two award-winning, critically acclaimed books. His seventeen books on architecture include four books on Victorian homes (Daughter's of Painted Ladies, Painted Ladies Revisited, America's Painted Ladies and Victorian Glory); three books on bungalow homes (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow), a book on 1920s whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style), six books on bungalow details and Classic Cottages, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. Keister photographed and wrote an award winning children's book (Fernando's Gift), has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), a book on classic travel trailers, (Ready to Roll) and a book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in Stone: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Cemetery Symbolism, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture."

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My name is Fernando Vanegas, and I live deep inside the rain forest in Costa Rica. My father, Jubilio, built our house himself. The walls are wood, and the roof is made of tin. At night, the sound of the rain on the roof sings me to sleep.

Mi nombre es Fernando Vanegas y vivo en la parte mas profunda de la selva de Costa Rica. Mi papa, Jubilio, construyo nuestra casa solo. Las paredes son de madera y el techo esta hecho de hojalata. Por la noche, el sonido de la lluvia cayendo en el techo me arrulla.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    What a Special Birthday Present!

    From a Costa Rican boy's perspective, read and see photos of a family's lifestyle near a rain forest! This bilingual English and Spanish book is wonderful for Earth Day! At the same time, it will give the reader an great idea for a birthday present which his or her friend will always remember!

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