Hurray for Three Kings' Day!

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Spanish-speaking people all over the world celebrate the joyous Three Kings' Day--also known as the Epiphany or Twelfth Night--every January sixth. Award-winning author Lori Marie Carlson brings the holiday to life in this engaging family story about three children--carrying gifts and dressed as Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir--who go from house to house in their neighborhood and reenact the journey of the Three Wise Men. Glowing oil paintings by Ed Martinez perfectly capture ...
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Martinez, Ed 1999 Hard cover Illustrated. New in fine dust jacket. Library binding. Paper over boards. 32 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

Spanish-speaking people all over the world celebrate the joyous Three Kings' Day--also known as the Epiphany or Twelfth Night--every January sixth. Award-winning author Lori Marie Carlson brings the holiday to life in this engaging family story about three children--carrying gifts and dressed as Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir--who go from house to house in their neighborhood and reenact the journey of the Three Wise Men. Glowing oil paintings by Ed Martinez perfectly capture the warmth of this special holiday.

A Hispanic family enjoys the traditional celebration of El DiĆ¢a de los Reyes, or Epiphany, by reenacting the long walk of the three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Radiant oil portraits reflect the affection of a close-knit family and community in this fluid tale of the Latino celebration of Epiphany. Carlson draws on several traditions--Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Mexican--as she tells how one family commemorates the journey of the wise men, the children going door to door to ask where they can find the baby, then joining the procession through town. At home, there are gifts and feast day foods and, best of all, Anita finds the tiny clay doll inside the honey cake and is crowned reina, or queen, of the festivities. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A thin story cloaks a list of the customs and foods associated with the sixth of January, known variously as Epiphany, Twelfth Night, or, for the Spanish-speaking family in this book, Three Kings' Day. Carlson (Barrio Streets Carnival Dreams, 1996, etc.) has combined features of the celebrations from various Latino communities, incorporating them into the family festivities of young Anita, who tells the story. The festivities begin the night of the fifth of January with street processions featuring the wise men who followed the star to Christ's birthplace. That night Anita walks to visit friends and family with her older brothers, who keep hurrying her and telling her she is a baby. "Is this where we can find the child?" the children sing at various houses, and those they visit send them on until the boys have had enough and decide to go home. There Anita does as custom decrees, placing her empty shoes by her bed to be filled with small gifts and candies, along with small boxes full of grass, flowers, and hay. The next morning Anita is elated to see heaps of gifts under the decorated tree downstairs, and that evening when the family gathers for a holiday meal, she finds in her piece of cake the traditional tiny doll making its finder the king, or rey, or in her case, the reina. Oil paintings lend a rich glow to an orderly but warm bilingual story. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688162405
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed Cool Salsa. The Sunday Tertulia is her first novel. She lives in New York City.

Gail Gibbons lives in Corinth, Vermont.

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